ERIC Number: ED351308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
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Preservice Teachers and At-Risk Students.
Bacon, Charles S.
A particularly difficult problem for teacher educators is preparing teachers who both understand and are able to work with students who are educationally disadvantaged, and/or are at-risk academically. Most preservice teachers have little or no contact with these students and therefore never learn how to help them overcome academic deficiencies. Typically, they believe that disadvantaged students are different from conventional students as learners and as people. They believe that the primary task of the teacher is to convey information to students and that they can deal effectively with students while expressing only minimal regard for how these students live outside of the classroom. This paper describes a field experience in which undergraduates (N=9) in a teacher preparation program at an urban university were placed in a middle school and asked to work one-on-one with students who were two or more years behind their peers in reading and/or math. Participants were observed and interviewed; results suggest the preservice teachers found at-risk students to be very much like the more traditional students they had worked with; and they were able to help them acquire some basic academic skills. All interviewees found the experience to be worthwhile and rewarding. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Preservice Teachers