ERIC Number: ED151353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Student Teaching: The State of the Art.
Henry, Marvin A.
This paper examines the subject of student teaching from four different angles. The first, why student teaching is popular and successful, points out five positive benefits in this method of learning: (1) It offers a good opportunity for problem solving in real classroom situations; (2) Student teaching produces results that are emotionally satisfying. The support of supervising teachers and college supervisors provides encouragement. (3) Student teaching produces more growth than any other learning experience and develops self-confidence; (4) Student teaching provides possibilities for one-to-one encounters with pupils; (5) The goal of student teaching is self-development and not merely receiving a grade. The second facet of this subject is examined in the light of common misconceptions. Student teaching is not a process of introducing change in the schools, nor a place where the student teacher is to demonstrate that he knows how to teach. It also is not the terminal learning experience in professional education. It is not simple, but rather is tiring physically, exhausting mentally, and consumes a great deal of time. Current factors affecting student teaching are the third element discussed. Three major factors with the most significance for student teaching programs are identified: (1) More sophisticated performance and greater development will be expected in future student teachers; (2) Formalized legal agreements will become more common; and (3) Student teaching may become an avenue for future employment. Fourth, recommendations are made for the improvement of future student teaching programs. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Convention, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, Illinois, February 22, 1978)