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ERIC Number: ED383658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 18
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Observations and Opinions of Student Teachers while in the Field.
Masztal, Nancy; Singleton, Dorothy
This study surveyed teacher education students during their student teaching assignments in order to determine their perspectives on their preparedness for the classroom and their observations or use of effective teaching strategies during their student teaching experiences. Responses were obtained from 31 preservice teachers, 26 elementary and 6 secondary. The student teachers responded to questions that assessed their knowledge of: content areas, instructional and evaluative practices, school climate, learning disabilities, and at risk behaviors. In addition, the student teachers expressed opinions regarding their perceptions of the conditions of teaching. A comparison of the mean levels of the two groups of student teachers (elementary and secondary) was made. Significant differences between the groups were found in: adequate time for teaching academic content (secondary preservice teachers thought they had more time); infusion of multicultural appreciation (elementary preservice teachers did more of this); use of mathematics manipulatives (those in elementary education did more of this); and integrative social studies units (elementary preservice teachers experienced integration of curricula twice as often as those at the secondary level). Responses from the sample, as a whole, identified areas that need to be modified or addressed in their teacher education program. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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