ERIC Number: ED380461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-21
Reference Count: N/A
Differences between Cooperating Teachers and Student Teachers in Their Assessment of Student Teacher Performance: Potential Threats to a Successful Relationship.
Williams, Jane L.
A study was done of student teachers and cooperating teachers' assessment of the student teachers' performance in order to investigate how their relationship was affected by these perceptions. A survey instrument in two versions, one for student teachers and one for cooperating teachers, was devised listing 54 specific student teacher performance items stated in corresponding terms. These were administered to 200 Middle Tennessee State University students and their 200 cooperating teachers twice, in the third week of the student teaching semester and in the ninth week. There were statistically significant differences between cooperating teachers and student teachers on 23 survey items. However, most of the statistically significant differences in the first survey administration revealed a low potential for conflict. On all of the items that emerged in the third week of student teaching but disappeared by the ninth week, and on most of the items that emerged in the third week and continued into the ninth week, the cooperating teachers had a more favorable attitude about performance than did the student teachers themselves. Only differences that emerged for the first time at the end of the semester posed a threat to the student teacher/cooperating teacher relationship. Includes six tables. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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