ERIC Number: ED234036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Early Field Experience and the Preservice Teacher's Concerns.
Tanner, David E.
Despite the failure of recent research to demonstrate some of the "promise" of early field experiences for teachers, early experiences retain substantial appeal and should provide important diagnostic information relating to the needs of the teacher preparation program. The early field experience, an exercise in the teacher preparation program, occurs prior to student teaching and requires students to serve as teacher aides in local secondary schools. A study was designed to provide information that might begin to pinpoint important patterns or changes in student attitudes as a result of this experience. Subjects were 50 teacher preparation students enrolled in an education class that required them to spend 3 hours a week for 12 weeks in a local secondary school as a teacher's aide, plus 1 hour in a weekly lecture on campus. The Teacher Concerns Questionnaire was administered to them before and after the teaching experience. Results showed that the students' concerns seem not to have been dramatically affected by the field experiences. Other findings are also reported and conclusions drawn. (JMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Instructional Research Lab.
Identifiers: Professional Concerns; Teacher Concerns Questionnaire