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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Douglas R. Moore

First Committee Member

Fay Coleman

Second Committee Member

Jerald Nelson

Third Committee Member

James McIlwrath

Fourth Committee Member

W. Preston Gleason


The purpose of the study was to attempt to derive and validate a typology of teacher trainees based on Conceptual Systems theory. In order to empirically validate the theoretically derived typology,three steps, each with a different purpose were needed. First, the constructs were operationally defined. Second, the interrelations of the constructs were established. Third, the types were determined as similar to theoretical expectations as possible. The first step was necessitated in more complex form than is usually done because of certain problems associated with the statistical procedures used. The reasons for this step will be more fully developed in the following two chapters.



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