ERIC Number: ED343874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
The Best and Worst of High School Student Teaching.
Galluzzo, Gary R.; Kacer, Barbara A.
This study describes the challenges and successes of student teachers (N=111) in a high school setting as they shift from the role of narcissistic student to that of other-centered teacher. The study attempts to capture their inner feelings as they begin the process of learning to teach. Throughout a 12-week assignment, the student teachers were asked to keep journal-like logs of learning-to-teach experiences. Seminars were held on a bi-weekly basis with student teachers working in groups reviewing, analyzing, and discussing each other's progress and setbacks. Toward the end of the experience, participants were asked to reflect back on the entire experience and identify their most and least successful lessons, describing each in detail. Utilizing student teachers' voices, successful and unsuccessful lessons are examined and discussed. Results suggest the emergence of three broad themes: (1) learning to teach is a very personal endeavor; (2) one's teaching self needs to be discovered; and (3) the classroom is a complex environment. Results imply that teacher education programs might be built around the natural concerns and feelings preservice teachers bring to teacher education. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).