ERIC Number: ED223575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Satisfaction with the Student Teaching Experience: A Multiple Regression Approach.
Hays, William L.
To develop a feasible research method to determine factors in student teaching that make it succeed or fail as valuable clinical training, several evaluative questions and characteristics should be examined. A major research question would examine the factors in student teaching that make it a professionally satisfying or dissatisfying experience from the student teacher's point of view. Variables and factors that can be related to student teacher satisfaction include: (1) student teacher's personal characteristics; (2) characteristics of the particular student teaching assignment; (3) student teacher's academic characteristics; (4) individual's prior expectations for the student teaching program; (5) school administration's expectations of student teachers and cooperating teachers; (6) university-established goals for the program; and (7) cooperating teacher's perceptions of individual student performance. Using student satisfaction as the first criterion variable, these other variables can be examined for their predictive power. A form of group-stepwise regression, in which groups of logically related variables are entered into the analysis successively, is an effective method for determining which sets of variables predict student teacher satisfaction. This method of research permits the simultaneous examination of many variables in the student teacher context, but involves only minimal interference or disruption in the classroom. All the initial measures needed can be gained from questionnaires or interviews and from the performance record itself. (JD)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Research, Higher Education, Multiple Regression Analysis, Participant Satisfaction, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Research Methodology, Student Characteristics, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Evaluation
Not available separately; see SP 021 333.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Griffin, Gary A., Ed. and Edwards, Sara, Ed. Student Teaching: Problems and Promising Practices. (Proceedings of a Working Conference.) Texas, Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, Jan 1982. p69-83.