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ERIC Number: ED355228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Preservice Teacher Training: A Piece Is Missing!
Mangrum, Debra; And Others
According to the literature and historical experience, differences of opinion exist among teachers about the role and functions of counseling professionals in schools, and little information is available about preservice instruction on the work of school counselors. A study was conducted, therefore, for the following purposes: (1) to determine how much a sample of preservice teachers knew about the role and function of school counselors and to measure their attitudes toward using school counseling resources; (2) to examine the sources, amount, and perceived adequacy of instruction received by preservice teachers relative to counselor role and function and use of counselor resources; and (3) to ascertain whether these preservice teachers' knowledge and attitudes about counseling resources would change over the course of student teaching. Secondary teacher education students (N=28) responded to a survey immediately prior to and immediately following 12 weeks of student teaching. Data were also collected from an additional group of students (N=29), none of whom had completed the initial survey. Results indicate that minimal information about counseling resources was available to the study participants; that both groups' primary source of information at the conclusion of the study was student teaching itself; and that participants perceived themselves as having a good understanding of counselor role and function, an assessment that appears to be naive when their responses are compared to those of professionals in the field. Changes in preservice teachers' knowledge and attitudes about the use of counseling resources were not considered sufficient to indicate that student teaching is an adequate source of information on this topic. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A