ERIC Number: ED310032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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Personal Characteristics of High and Low Rated Elementary School Student Teachers in Social Studies Lessons.
Herman, Wayne L., Jr.
Although student teaching is often recognized as the most influential component of teacher education programs, only a few studies exist outlining what happens to the student teacher in the classroom, or that relate personal characteristics to achievement in student teaching situations. This study, a follow-up of an investigation about the degree of transfer of training for preservice teachers from an elementary social studies methods course to classroom teaching, investigated the differences between nine student teachers who were rated the highest with nine who were rated the lowest in terms of teaching performance. The higher rated student teachers effectively employed the component parts of lessons stressed in method courses and were more apt to employ classroom strategies of inquiry versus directed readings with textbooks. A survey of 31 questions distributed to the participants included the areas of: (1) stability of goals; (2) prized traits for a career job; (3) work experience/hobbies; (4) opinions about education methods courses; (5) preferences for subject area; (6) feelings about teaching; (7) quality of lesson planning during student teaching; and (8) quality of planning of the lesson observed by the researcher. The research that has been conducted on most aspects of student teaching has been limited. If future research could identify the influential factors that cause differing levels of competence among student teachers with the same training, it is possible that some kind of intervention might have salutary effects in improving teacher competence. Ten references and one table of data are included. (PPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For related document, see SO 020 130.