ERIC Number: ED400249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
When Will I Finally Be Ready? Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Job Readiness: A Qualitative Study.
Salzman, James A.
A sample of preservice teacher education students (N=23) enrolled in their second set of core courses was presented with a scenario to learn their willingness to begin teaching immediately. The scenario, which asked them to respond by either accepting or rejecting a job offer in an urban public school setting, was presented on the second day of the class and again near the end of the semester. Students were also asked to justify in writing their perceptions of the skills and knowledge they possessed or lacked that caused them to respond in the manner they did. Of the 23 subjects, 6 initially accepted the offer and 17 rejected it. The most-cited reason for acceptance was that their previous experiences working with children had already provided them with the necessary skills to take on the task of teaching. The most-cited reason for rejection was the students' perceptions of their need for more formal education training. After the course, 15 students would refuse the job offer. Students at the end of the semester indicated needs for additional formal classwork, more classroom experience, and mentoring. appendixes provide two data tables and the scenario used for both initial and final responses. (Contains 28 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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