ERIC Number: ED326530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Preparedness for Student Teaching.
Ayers, Jerry B.; Thompson, Teresa A.
In recent years, the number of traditional preservice teachers (18- to 21-year-old age range) has decreased, while the number of older, nontraditional students has increased. At the time of student teaching, nontraditional students seem to have more problems than do more traditional students. This study developed and field tested an instrument, the "Perceptions for Student Teaching Instrument" (PSTI), designed to ascertain students' feelings of preparedness for student teaching and to compare the attitudes of various types of students. Seven public and three private institutions in Tennessee participated in the study by administering the PSTI to all student teachers at the beginning of their spring semester (1990). The results of the study, based on 629 returned and usable surveys, indicated that, although the instrument did not detect differences between groups of students, it added another dimension to the evaluation of teacher education programs. Tables provide information on subjects by category; percent response, mean, and standard deviation for each statement on the PSTI; and means, standard deviations, and t-test for total score for traditional and nontraditional students, for males and females, and for public and private institutions. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 13-16, 1990).