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ERIC Number: ED342738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-23
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Prospective Teachers' Perceptions about Their Teacher Preparation and Success in Teaching: A Preliminary Analysis.
Gormley, Kathleen A.; And Others
Future teachers were surveyed on their perceptions of the impact of their teacher preparation program upon their success in student teaching. Forty-one undergraduate elementary education majors were surveyed before and after the student teaching experience. Preliminary results suggest that prior to student teaching, these prospective teachers perceived themselves as having strong abilities to teach. Following student teaching these individuals: (1) continued to view themselves as capable teachers, especially when teaching whole classes and large groups; (2) exhibited less confidence when using nontraditional approaches to teaching, particularly cooperative learning, individualized instruction, and integrated approaches to reading and writing; (3) valued methods coursework and practicum experiences as the greatest contributors to an understanding of how to teach; and (4) began to comprehend the relevancy of general education to successful teaching. These results are discussed in relation to recent recommendations for reform in teacher education. A bibliography, five tables, and a copy of the student questionnaire are appended. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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