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ERIC Number: ED413309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-16
Pages: 39
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The Views of Students in an Early Field Experience: Mixed Messages.
Ganser, Tom
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires early field experience of preservice teachers. As part of the Preprofessional Block, students are assigned to a 50-hour classroom experience shadowing a Milwaukee public school teacher. The university provides transportation to the site at a cost of $65 to each student. A survey of students participating over five semesters examined: (1) their feelings about being assigned to special education classrooms (for those assigned there); (2) ways that the field experience influenced their beliefs about teaching and learning; (3) things they learned about teaching that they might not have learned otherwise; and (4) their observations about the experience in general. Overall, students found the field experience worthwhile but not without problems. Many problems related to early field experiences in general and to the program's specific logistical arrangements. The most satisfied students usually noted good cooperating teachers and assignments to grades or content areas in which they intended to teach. The most dissatisfied students described their cooperating teachers as burned out or poor teachers. The fact that the program offered students guided access to urban schools that they might not have had otherwise was recognized as an advantage. (Contains 29 references). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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