ERIC Number: ED084257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Education Centers: Do They Help Student Teachers Attain Their Learning Goals?
Burns, W. J.; And Others
A study was conducted to test the effectiveness of center vs. noncenter student teacher training. Effectiveness was defined as the degree to which student teachers accomplished goals in one term of student teaching. Comparisons were made using four self-report inventories administered to student teachers and cooperating teachers at the beginning and end of a practice teaching term. The preterm inventory asked the student teacher and the cooperating teacher to rate what each expected the student teacher to accomplish during the term; the postterm inventory asked both parties to rate what they had accomplished. Accepted chance of false rejection of the null hypothesis (i.e., that there is no difference between the groups) was set at an alpha level of .05. On no single category of student teacher self-reports was there a significant difference in expectations. The major hypothesis, that center student teachers would accomplish more of their learning goals than noncenter student teachers, was rejected. Further unanticipated results indicated that center cooperating teachers' expectations for their student teachers were no higher than noncenter teachers'. Hence, teacher education centers helped student teachers no more or no less than cooperating teachers who deal with student teachers on a one-to-one basis; i.e., mode of student teaching alone did not significantly improve the quality of learning. (JB)
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Sponsor: Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Cleveland, OH.
Authoring Institution: Cleveland Commission on Higher Education, OH.