ERIC Number: ED229351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Variables Influencing Student Teacher's Actions and Views in Classrooms With and Without Cooperating Teachers.
Hodges, Carol A.
A study analyzed the experiences of 10 student teachers, 5 of whom taught in a traditional program and 5 of whom taught without cooperating teachers. The study's purpose was to gain insight into factors influencing views and actions of student teachers and to determine why they did or did not correspond to views they expressed after participating in a reading methods course. Student teachers were observed four times in the classroom, and post-observation discussions were held with the student teachers and (when possible) with supervisors. Interviews were conducted with the student teachers following the practicum. The student teachers began the practicum with views consonant with those espoused in the methods course. Following their experience, they were unanimous in citing factors which influenced their actions and, in some cases, changed their views toward reading instruction. Among those influences were school pressures (including suggestions from cooperating teachers), lack of confidence, discipline problems, limited time, and seeming irrelevance of some content of the methods course. It was observed that, while cooperating teachers had an influence, student teachers who did not have cooperating teachers acted in much the same way as those who did. (Author/JD)
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 (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).