ERIC Number: ED369745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
The Socialization Process of Student Teachers: A Descriptive Study.
Piland, Diane E.
This study used a triangulated methodology involving ethnographic interviews, opinionnaires, and rank ordering of student concerns to discover variables that impacted student teachers as they passed through developmental stages. Data collected from interviews with five elementary student teachers were used to discover a developmental theory of student teaching while simultaneously applying the developmental theory to practice. Six major areas of student teacher concern emerged: socialization, evaluation, expectation, management, autonomy, and self-esteem. Four developmental stages could be identified for the student teachers: (1) fears, anxieties, or uncertainties; (2) socialization; (3) autonomy; and (4) affirmation. The stages were similar in content, were sequential, overlapped, and were cyclical in nature. Implications of study findings for student teacher readiness, placement, and orientation are discussed. Appendices contain definitions of operational terms and vignettes of the five subjects. (Contains 35 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Elementary Education, Expectation, Higher Education, Interviews, Performance Factors, Personal Autonomy, Preservice Teacher Education, Self Esteem, Socialization, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Student Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Teaching Skills, Theories, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the North Central Sociological Association (Toledo, OH, April 1993).