ERIC Number: ED166145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Student Teaching Experience: A Methodological Critique of the Research.
Zeichner, Kenneth M.
The issue of what educational research has illuminated to date about the universally accepted practice of student teaching is discussed in this paper. A critical review is provided of selected literature on student teaching within the context of two contrasting paradigms for conducting educational research: psychometric and social-anthropological. Most of the research that has been conducted falls within the dominant perspective of the psychometric paradigm under the following five major categories: (1) student teacher attitudes and personality characteristics; (2) the socialization of student teachers; (3) predictors of success in student teaching; (4) interpersonal relationships in student teaching; and (5) experimental attempts to modify student teacher behaviors. All of these categories are reviewed in depth. It is argued, however, that more emphasis should be placed on the social-anthropology paradigm. Extensive references are provided. (DS)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Comparative Analysis, Educational Research, Models, Preservice Teacher Education, Psychometrics, Research Design, Research Methodology, Socialization, State of the Art Reviews, Statistical Analysis, Student Teaching, Success, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Las Vegas, Nevada, February 1978)