ERIC Number: ED261021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Critical Experiences in Student Teaching: Effects on Career Choice and Implications for Program Modification.
Levin, James; And Others
Student teachers from Pennsylvania State University described experiences which supported or reduced their motivation to pursue teaching as a career. Data were collected from students who had successfully completed an 11 week full-time student teaching experience. The sample included 77 elementary, 92 secondary, and 28 special education student teachers. Most student teachers provided multiple comments regarding positive and negative experiences, resulting in 956 examples. Of these, there were 557 positive responses and 399 negative comments. Most positive responses came in the category of "individual interaction between teachers and student teachers," followed, in descending order, by "student feedback to teacher,""pedagogy,""achievement," and "teacher interaction with students." Categories with the most negative responses were "student behavior,""behavior management,""professional behaviors/attitudes outside the classroom," and "parents/community expectations/attitudes." Tables display percentages and ranks of positive and negative responses, and samples of comments in each of the categories are included. (CB)
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 (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).