ERIC Number: ED034718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Student Teaching Experience Through Selective Placement of Students.
Leslie, Larry L.
A study was conducted to determine whether matching of student teacher and cooperating teacher would produce improved student teacher performance and attitude. Ninety student teachers were randomly assigned to five treatment groups: a control group and four experimental groups differing in the extent to which students were matched to cooperating teachers on the basis of demographic and/or personality variables such as socioeconomic status, rural-urban background, religion, security, autonomy, innovativeness. Demographic and personality data was collected from a variety of sources including files, questionnaires, Q-sort, and interviews. Performance and attitude measures included attitude inventory pre- and posttests, student and teacher questionnaires and interviews, supervisor and cooperating teacher evaluations, and time budget analysis interviews and interaction analysis observations conducted three times at equal intervals for a sample of 10 randomly selected students from each group. Data analysis included various statistical tests for verification of controls, determination of predictor variables, and analysis of differences among the five groups. Major findings: The methods of matching used, as a composite, did not produce results superior to traditional student assignment; within-group comparisons appear to demonstrate the theoretical advantages of matching in general. Full findings and data-gathering instruments are included. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.