ERIC Number: ED189084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Sources and Experience of Anxiety in Practice Teaching.
Sinclair, Ken; Nicoll, Vivienne
For most student teachers, practice teaching is a difficult and anxiety-provoking experience. Anxiety arises when feelings of self-adequacy and security are threatened. A survey of 84 teacher education majors shows that anxiety levels are often high immediately prior to the internship; however, the anxiety level gradually declines by the middle of the practice teaching. These students tend to approach classroom control as a means of producing a less anxiety-provoking atmosphere. Interviews with 24 student teachers indicate that most anxiety stems from concerns about: 1) fulfilling expectations, 2) relating to pupils, 3) relating to cooperating teachers and supervisors, and 4) achieving lesson goals. This anxiety is expressed through physical symptoms, thoughts of failure, and various methods of "coping" (responses associated with threat reduction). Despite the decrease in the anxiety level that comes with the accumulation of experience, teachers will continue to feel the stress and strains that are a part of their profession. (CJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Education Research and Development Committee, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual conference of the South Pacific Association of Teacher Education (1980).