ERIC Number: ED272507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Do University Supervisors, Cooperating Teachers and Student Teachers Agree about the Student Teacher's Performance?
Tanner, David E.
This study sought to establish the degree of uniformity that exists between the university supervisor and the cooperating teacher, and between each of those and the student teacher, as each of the three pairs evaluates the student's performance according to common criteria. Participants in the study were 81 student teachers, their cooperating teachers, and the 15 university supervisors working with the students and their cooperating teachers. A list of 24 problem areas most commonly mentioned by new teachers were arranged as Likert-type items in a questionnaire. Respondents indicated the degree of difficulty which the student teacher had experienced with each item. Responses were analyzed to determine whether one observer's variations from item to item tended to parallel the second observer's variations. A ranking of the mean responses from each group for each item suggested that the three parties were in agreement about those areas which had posed the greatest difficulty for the student teacher. However, cooperating teachers and university supervisors provided disparate judgements of a student teacher's performance. It is suggested that the cooperating teacher may be operating in the pragmatic mode and the university supervisor in a theoretical mode, and the student teacher, drawn by the demands of each, somewhere between. As a consequence, correlation figures tend to be low in performance evaluation. (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 Association of Teacher Educators (Atlanta, GA, February 22-26, 1986).