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ERIC Number: ED214936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Increasing Time Allocated to Student Teaching.
Caul, Jacqueline L.; Hahn, Karen
Researchers compared an eleven-week term student teaching program with a fifteen-week semester program. Examined were the effects of the length of the student teaching experience on student teachers' perceptions regarding teaching skill development and on the amount of time spent in actual classroom instruction. Subjects were nine 15-week semester students and seven 10-week term students from two major Michigan universities. All supervising teacher contacts and student teacher observations, visitations, and evaluations were performed by a common coordinator. Data collection instruments included a Perception of Skills Development Form and a Length of Experience Assessment instrument designed to elicit student perceptions regarding the length of their student teaching experience and the pace at which they were given instructional responsibility. The instruments measured participants' perceptions regarding the importance of selected teaching skills, their ability to apply the skill, and the effect of the student teaching experience on skill development. Findings suggested that increased time in a student teaching assignment does not necessarily increase the actual amount of time the student is involved in classroom instruction. Despite this lack of increased instructional practice, students' confidence in their ability to perform teaching skills appeared to increase with additional time. The three teaching skills reported by student teachers as becoming much more important to them were those related closely to student control or discipline. While ten-week term student teachers tended to view their programs as somewhat too short, fifteen-week semester student teachers held the opinion that their program was too long. However, data appeared to support the notion that longer student teaching experience is related to an increase in student teachers' confidence in applying teaching skills. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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