ERIC Number: ED393820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-8
Reference Count: N/A
Field Experiences as a Component of the Teacher Preparation Program: Student Reactions.
Walthall, Joe E.; Barnes, Debbie
A descriptive study was undertaken to determine students' reactions to and perceptions of required field-based experiences as a component of teacher training. Using a researcher-designed instrument, data were obtained from 140 undergraduate students at the conclusion of their directed teaching semester. The instrument measured five components of field experience: placement, supervising teacher attributes, university feedback/course content, amount/variety of placements, and professional value. Means were calculated for the overall scale and for each of 25 subscales. In addition, specific items of the instrument were analyzed for significance and trend. The results of the study indicated that there were statistically significant differences in student reactions to field experiences as determined by major, in particular, between administrator/secondary education and childhood education. The survey instrument and data tables are included in appendices. (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Special Education, Student Placement, Student Surveys, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teaching, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Teacher Characteristics
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8, 1995).