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ERIC Number: ED260066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Pages: 22
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American and Australian Elementary Student Teachers' Perceptions of the Role of College Programs, Student Teaching, and Personal Attributes in Influencing Certain Teaching Competencies.
Seagren, Alan T.; Khamis, Mon
The perceptions of 44 Australian and 81 American senior elementary student teachers were compared to determine how their personal attributes, their teacher education programs, and their student teaching experiences influenced their abilities to perform 35 teaching competencies. Comparisons between the two groups revealed that American students had slightly higher perceptions of their abilities to perform competencies relating to personal attributes, catering for individual differences, and knowledge about educational issues. Australian students had significantly higher perceptions of their abilities to perform competencies relating to classroom performance and organization. The reported differences appear to be the result of differences in the nature of the programs, particularly program objectives and content as well as experiences associated with student teaching which were reported to have the highest influence on students' perceptions. The results of this study highlighted the need to examine the content of courses taught in teacher education programs with a view to avoiding the "theoretical rhetoric" and reinforced the importance of the student teaching experience as the most powerful intervention in the teachers' professional preparation. (Authors)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia