ERIC Number: ED131072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Comparison of Center and Non-Center Placed Student Teachers in Their Opinions of the Student Teaching Experience.
Mitchell, Leonard L.
This study was designed to determine if there were significant differences in the opinions of two groups of student teachers regarding their teaching experience. One group completed student teaching in a teacher/teaching center, the other completed student teaching outside of a teacher/teaching center. Their opinions were measured with twelve variables of the Purdue Student-Teacher Opinionaire, which was administered to all student teachers completing student teaching at one institution of higher education. Scores for both groups were analyzed by the use of the t-test, and pooled and separate variances estimates were obtained. The results of the study show significant differences in favor of the center student teaching group in four of the twelve variables measured: (1) school facilities and services; (2) student teacher rapport with the principal; (3) curriculum issues; and (4) student teacher rapport with the students. Significant differences in favor of the non-center group were found in relation to one variable only: student teacher rapport with other teachers. The data indicated no significant differences between the two groups on the remaining seven variables: (1) teaching as a profession; (2) student teacher rapport with university supervisor; (3) student teacher load; (4) satisfaction with housing; (5) professional preparation; (6) student teacher rapport with supervising teacher; and (7) community support of education. Eight recommendations for student teaching programs are offered in conclusion. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Association for Teacher Educators Research Paper submitted in 1975