ERIC Number: ED214917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Pupil Control Ideology as a Source of Stress: The Student Teacher's Dilemma.
Jones, Dan R.
One type of adaptation made by each student teacher is the development of attitudes toward controlling pupils. The student teachers' attitudes toward pupil control may be at odds with those of other educators and this difference in attitude, particularly in the case of the cooperating teacher, can cause stress. Attitudes toward pupil control can be measured by an instrument called the Pupil Control Ideology Form (PCI). Studies have found that student teachers began their field experiences with a significantly less custodial orientation than their cooperating teachers. Post-testing revealed a significant shift in the student teachers' orientation from a humanistic attitude to the more custodial attitude held by cooperating teachers. An additional shift in attitude in the same direction was observed during the first year of inservice teaching. Some findings have indicated that these shifts in attitude appear to be stronger in student teachers preparing to teach in secondary schools, and it has been posited that there are more attempts to socialize teachers into a bureaucratic mold at the secondary school level than at the elementary level. Stress can occur for student teachers if they resist bureaucratization and if their attitudes do not change to agree with those of their cooperating teachers. University supervisors can reduce the likelihood of this kind of stress by using the PCI to determine the attitudes of both the student teacher and the cooperating teacher before the student teaching experience. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pupil Control Ideology Form
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (62nd, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1982).