ERIC Number: ED418375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-4
Reference Count: N/A
Rationale in Choosing a Teacher Preparation Program.
Raine, LaVerne; Harkins, Donna; Sampson, Mary Beth
A study examined students' reasons for, and implications of, choosing a traditional student teaching program or a field-based program of preservice teacher education. The traditional student teaching program and the field-based program were offered concurrently for a short period of time at Texas A&M University--Commerce. Students enrolled in both programs responded to a four-part questionnaire at the conclusion of the experience. A total of 81 students in the traditional program and 28 students in the field-based program responded. Results indicated that (1) traditional students' choices were consistently driven by three factors: time, money, and location; (2) the majority of field-based students based their choice on the belief that the longer time period in the public school classroom would result in enhanced preparation for a career in the teaching profession; (3) field-based students "defended" their choice by focusing on the extensive experience, better preparation, increased confidence, and preparation in content area; (4) the majority of field-based graduates stated they would recommend the field-based program; (5) the traditional graduates based their defense on the concept that the traditional program was the "best choice"; and (6) only 42% of the traditional graduates would advise a friend to pursue the traditional program and 38% of the traditional students said their advice would depend on circumstances. (Contains 10 references and eight pie charts. The questionnaire is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teaching Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (47th, Scottsdale, AZ, December 3-6, 1997).