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ERIC Number: ED393699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 46
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Student Teachers: Outsiders in Curriculum Reform?
Whitworth, Joan M.
Teaching is a profession where aspiring practitioners enter the field with preconceived beliefs and conceptions about teaching and learning acquired during the 12 years or more they spent within the educational system. The purpose of the study was to examine the influence of an educational reform environment on the development and retention of beliefs and knowledge of student teachers during the practice teaching segment of their teacher preparation program. The subjects were two student teachers placed in the State Project for Reform in Science Education (SPRSE) sites for their student teaching experience. Data collection methods included interviews and observations. Results indicate that student discipline issues were a major factor which dispelled many of the student teachers' beliefs concerning increased student involvement in the classroom and created an issue they could not resolve. The most significant determining factors of how the student teachers taught were their comfort with the subject matter and materials and concerns of classroom management and student control. It was concluded that the experience with the reform project had a negative effect on the student teachers' attitudes toward educational reform efforts and teaching in general. Implications for teacher education are discussed. Contains 19 references. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (69th, St. Louis, MO, April, 1996).