ERIC Number: ED344862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship between Supervising Teachers' Personal Attributes and Professional Background and the Attitudes of Their Student Teachers.
Williams, Wayne; Graham, Justyn
This study was designed to ascertain if a relationship exists between supervising teachers' personal attributes and professional backgrounds and the attitudes of their student teachers toward their field experiences. The subjects were 123 elementary and secondary student teachers completing their student teaching experience. Data collection utilized an attitudinal rating scale and a personal background questionnaire. Analysis of the scale revealed four factors of the student teaching/supervising teacher experience that were further analyzed and compared: mentoring, structure, support, and responsibility. Findings revealed that there was a significant difference in attitude mean scores of student teachers with female supervisors compared to student teachers with male supervisors. The data revealed no significant differences in attitude mean scores of student teachers as related to the ages of their supervising teachers. The study also revealed that no significant difference existed between the attutude mean scores of student teachers when comparing their supervising teachers' educational attainment level. However, there was a significant difference when comparing grade level of instruction and the student teachers' perception in the area of mentoring. A Two-Way ANOVA was performed to capture the possible interactions between the sex of the supervising teacher and the grade level of instruction. The study recommended additional research to identify the interactional effects on attitudes between like sexes of the supervising teacher and the student teacher. (28 references) (LL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Analysis of Variance, Attitude Measures, Chronological Age, Comparative Analysis, Cooperating Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Program Divisions, Preservice Teacher Education, Sex Differences, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teaching, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Attribute Identification
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (72nd, Orlando, FL, February 15-19, 1992).