ERIC Number: ED408359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Evaluating Teacher Attitudes in Professional Development Sites.
Nath, Janice L.; Henry, Cynthia G.
As part of the evaluative process of a program at a professional development site (PDS), 30 participating elementary and middle school teachers were surveyed about their attitudes as participants in a field-based education program partnership. Each teacher was mentor to a preservice teacher for a semester before student teaching, while 10 continued as cooperating teachers during student teaching. Using a Likert-like scale, 32 items sought information on: (1) practical knowledge passed from university instructors through preservice university students to the classroom teacher; (2) differences in instruction and management when more than one adult is in the classroom; (3) teachers' perceptions of students' awareness of teacher training; (4) reflectiveness in professionalism as a teacher educator; (5) difficulties in teaching required skills for state-mandated testing because of involvement as a PDS mentor; (7) the university's role at the collaboration site; and (8) enjoyment of having a PDS preservice teacher. General findings indicate a positive attitude towards participating in a PDS partnership. Results also suggest that teachers were actively interested in integrating university ideas delivered through their PDS preservice teachers. (Contains one table and nine references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College School Cooperation, Cooperating Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Studies, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Likert Scales, Middle Class, Middle School Teachers, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Secondary School Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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