ERIC Number: ED322116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Cognitive Constructs of Pre-Service Teachers: Research on How Student Teachers Think about Teaching.
McNeely, Sonja R.; Mertz, Norma T.
This study focused on preservice teacher' cognitions and preconceptions about teaching. It examined what and how student teachers thought about teaching as they began their experience, the relationship between their thinking about teaching and their teaching behaviors, and how their thinking about teaching changed over the course of the experience. Eleven preservice secondary teachers were followed through their student teaching program. The subjects were required to keep a journal daily and to complete six topical papers during the course of the program. Classroom observations were conducted weekly. It was found that initially the student teachers focused on the teaching situation (content, lesson preparation, learning outcomes) and on their performance of these teaching tasks. As they assumed more responsibility and tested their cognitive construct against the realities they perceived, they discarded the cognitive construct, focusing rather on survival concerns--classroom control and coping with the demands of students. The change in constructs was reflected in changes in observed classroom behavior. Questions are raised for further research. (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 American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 17-20, 1990).