ERIC Number: ED368710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
The Undergraduate Student Teaching Experience: Perspectives of Student Teachers, Cooperating Teachers, and Student Teacher Supervisors.
DelGesso, Daniel D.; Smith, Marion P.
The purposes of this study were threefold: (1) to obtain information on perceptions of student teachers, cooperating teachers, and student teacher supervisors regarding the substance, appropriateness, and value of the undergraduate teacher education program at Temple University (Pennsylvania); (2) to identify areas for teacher education program improvement; and (3) to guide in the development of further program evaluation measures. Subjects, undergraduate elementary and secondary education student teachers (N=110), cooperating teachers (N=110), and student teacher supervisors (N=15), completed surveys containing objectively oriented Likert scale and open ended questions. Results identify concerns worthy of consideration including classroom management and discipline, field experiences, practical classroom skills, school bureaucracy, and orientation to and administration of the student teaching experience. Since the findings of this research closely parallel those found in prior studies, it is concluded that while it is valid to evaluate other components of the teacher education process, unless steps are taken to refine the process in its present form, further surveys using similar populations with a similar focus are unnecessary and redundant. (Contains 25 references.) (IAH)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Classroom Techniques, Cooperating Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Research, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Administration, Program Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Education Programs, Undergraduate Students
Daniel D. DelGesso/Marison P. Smith, Temple University, College of Education, Philadelphia, PA 19122.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Abridged version of a study conducted at Temple University, College of Education (Fall 1992).