ERIC Number: ED199255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Attributions of Supervising Teachers for the Success and Failure of Pupils Taught by Their Student Teachers.
Keislar, Evan R.
The attitudes of student teachers and supervising teachers were tested according to six attributional categories: (1) pupil ability; (2) pupil effort; (3) student teacher's ability to teach; (4) student teacher's effort; (5) help from the supervising teacher; and (6) difficulty of the task. Several conclusions were reached: (1) When pupils succeed in learning, supervising teachers are more likely to give credit to the student teachers than the student teachers give themselves; (2) When pupils fail to learn, supervising teachers are less likely than student teachers to blame the pupils; and (3) The more a supervising teacher feels responsible for pupil success or failure, the less credit is given to the student teacher. Important, also, is the supervising teacher's estimate of the difficulty of the teaching assignment, a judgment which this study suggests is more closely related to what the supervising teacher believes are the abilities of the pupils than their motivational patterns. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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