ERIC Number: ED202824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
The Effects of Changes in Field Experiences on the Strengths and Weaknesses of Student Teachers.
The strengths and weaknesses of student teachers participating in field based practicums at the University of Lethbridge from 1972 through 1979 were studied to determine the effects of increasing the time spent in the field experience programs. The practicum component of the undergraduate teacher education program was gradually increased from eight weeks in 1972 to twelve weeks in 1974, and to seventeen weeks in 1976. The study attempted to determine the: (1) student teachers' strongest and weakest attributes; (2) differences in the strengths and weaknesses; and (3) gender-related differences in the attributes. The data were collected by faculty supervisors in cooperation with the supervising teachers, using a 39-item list of attributes in four categories: preparation, performance, professional attributes, and personal attributes. Some conclusions drawn from the results are: (1) "Planning ability" was cited as a strength and "skill in questioning" as a weakness for both sexes in all three samples; (2) Males had a significant trend of strength improvement in academic background and in English usage over the eight years, while females showed a significant decrease in weakness in classroom management; and (3) Males and females were quite balanced in regard to numbers of strengths and weaknesses, but differed in the types of attributes identified. Tables and charts provide supporting data. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).