ERIC Number: ED425134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Success After Failure: A Case Study of Three Teacher Interns.
Tracy, Dyanne M.; Follo, Eric J.; Gibson, Sarah L.; Eckart, Joyce A.
This case study examines the causes of failure for three teaching interns and the interventions that led to their later success. Data collection included interviews with the three elementary level teacher interns, their cooperating teachers, and their university supervisors. All three teacher interns had encountered numerous and severe difficulties in their initial teaching internships, though during their preservice courses and field experiences, they demonstrated ability, commitment, persistence, and an intense desire to become teachers. All three received second assignments that were successful and that resulted in recommendations for Michigan teacher certification. Findings indicated that four factors contributed to the failure of all three candidates: (1) ineffective teaching methods, (2) detrimental personal characteristics, (3) lack of support from others, and (4) non-congruent expectancies between the cooperating teacher and the intern. For all three interns, there was an interplay of interventions that led to their success. These included support from others (e.g., university supervisors, family, friends, and practitioners); productive personal characteristics; and commitment to the profession. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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