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ERIC Number: ED155140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 27
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Experiences of Student Teachers and Attitudes Toward College Preparation.
Purcell, Thomas D.; Seiferth, Berniece
Perceived problems of elementary and secondary student teachers encountered during the student teaching sequence are measured and analyzed. In addition, perceptions of the adequacy of preservice training to meet these problems are elicited. Four hypotheses are tested in the investigation: (l) discipline would rank as the number one problem for all categories of student teachers; (2) distribution of student teachers by sex and teaching level would be approximately equal; (3) distribution by sex and size of community would be comparable; and (4) distribution by sex and enrollment of school would also be comparable. Development of the questionnaire is discussed, and a review of the pertinent literature is presented. Analyses based on intercorrelations of questionnaire data and a comparison of demographic groups on questionnaire scales are summarized. On an absolute basis, ratings of problems were relatively low. The highest problem rating (student characteristics and behavior) rated "occasional" to "frequent minor difficulty." Preparation was judged more negatively with medial rating near the "somewhat prepared/somewhat unprepared" level. Data also indicated that more women than men chose to teach at lower grade levels, and that, consequently, more of the females are in smaller schools than larger schools. It also appeared that the majority of the student teachers are student teaching in relatively small communities, but that job openings may be in urban areas. (MJB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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