ERIC Number: ED185522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Intern Competencies in Teaching Reading.
Henriksen, Emmaline B.; Patton, William
Data on the ideal/actual competence of reading teacher interns were collected in a survey of teaching interns, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors. The experimental group included 34 interns who had completed a one-year field based program in diverse settings prior to internship. The control group included 64 interns who had completed traditional on-campus courses with little or no field experience prior to internship. The data revealed that cooperating teachers for the experimental interns had significantly more negative perceptions of intern competencies than did all the other respondents. The mean score of experimental interns was more positive than that of their cooperating teachers. It was proposed that experimental group interns may have developed more self-confidence in teaching, tending not to rely on their cooperating teachers for guidance. Competencies rated most important by all groups included being regularly prepared for daily teaching, matching materials and activities to instructional level and using individual, small group, and total class instructional strategies. Items rated least important by all groups were appropriate nonverbal behavior, organized introductions and conclusions of learning experiences, and balanced use over time of instructional stategies. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (29th, San Antonio, TX, November 29-December 1, 1979).