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ERIC Number: ED375108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
What Do Student Teachers Perceive As Effective Teaching?
Wilson, Steve; Cameron, Rob
Student teachers' journal entries during a 3-week practicum experience were analyzed to determine their perceptions of effective teaching. The students were given no guidance about journal content; they were simply asked to write abut issues or experiences that concerned them, to write reflectively, and to attempt to write daily. From analysis of journal entries, four themes emerged: classroom management concerns, characteristics of successful teaching, perceptions of practice teaching, and relationships with others. Effective instruction involved being able to cater to all levels of pupil performance and using reinforcement and praise. Student teachers moved from a teacher-centered, egocentric perspective in their initial year to more pupil-centered outcomes-based notions of effective instruction in their final year. There was an almost universal concern with "control" as a fundamental characteristic of effective management, especially among first and second year students. Students appear to have a reasonably holistic view of teaching, appreciating its complexities and the links between effective instruction, management, and the maintenance of good relationships. Implications of the study for teacher education are noted. (Contains 21 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia