ERIC Number: ED264176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
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Cooperating Teachers: Why Not the Best?
Seiferth, Berniece B.; Samuel, Marie I.
At the conclusion of each student teaching semester, 50 student teachers enrolled at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale were asked to list positive and negative influences of their cooperating teachers. The study was conducted over a period of three years with three different sets of student teachers. Listings of the participants fell into three categories: interpersonal relationships, personality, and professional ability or expertise of the cooperating teachers. Results indicated that student teachers want and need constant and on-going feedback given in a tactful and polite way. Negative criticisms as well as positive were acceptable. Student teachers felt they did their best work when the teacher was friendly, accepting, understanding of the trauma of student teaching, and exhibited confidence in the ability of the student teacher in various areas. It is suggested that pitfalls to be avoided by cooperating teachers with student teachers are failure to offer critiques or feedback, and failure to develop better relationships with their student teachers. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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