ERIC Number: ED326536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Changing Perceptions of Preservice Teacher Stress: Field Experience Measures.
Feitler, Fred C.; Argyle, Susan B.
A growing body of literature and research examines the stress experienced by preservice teachers. This study hypothesized that preservice teachers would generally overrate their preparation, and experience no net change in comfort level over time. A questionnaire was administered to preservice teachers (N=54) prior to their initial 5-week classroom-based teaching experience and again at its conclusion to determine changes in stress levels, as well as perceived sources and symptoms of stress. Additional data were collected to measure personal judgments of adequacy of preparation in 19 basic teaching areas and degrees of comfort with this preparation. Preliminary findings suggested that field experiences alone do not increase stress levels for students. As the semester progressed, work outside the classroom became a greater source of stress. Symptoms of stress included general uneasiness, snappiness to family and friends, and change in eating habits. The findings on perceptions and feelings of comfort indicated that the students did not overrate their readiness for teaching prior to their field experience; they reported, rather, that they were more sure of their preparation and more comfortable with themselves after the 5-week field experience than before it. Four tables displaying the data are included. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 17-20, 1990).