ERIC Number: ED431718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Preparations and Reflections: Teaching in a Widening World.
Rothenberg, Julia Johnson; McDermott, Peter C.; Gormley, Kathleen
This paper discusses research on teacher preparation and teaching in diverse settings, using data from questionnaires about various courses and components of one teacher education program. Student teachers completed questionnaires before and after student teaching, and cooperating teachers completed them at the end of student teaching. All student teachers in the study began quite confidently in their beliefs about their education, training, and ability to teach, and their confidence grew as they taught. Supervisors expressed positive beliefs about undergraduate student teachers' general preparation to teach, but not graduate students' (with the difference being the undergraduates' extensive classroom experience). Immediately before student teaching, students with and without practicum experience had very similar thoughts about teaching, but after student teaching, undergraduates revealed different kinds of thoughts than graduate students. The researchers added questions about teaching diverse students to the survey. Both student and cooperating teachers reported not thinking or being uncertain about culturally responsive pedagogy. The student teaching experience did not change this. A newer study is looking at the attitudes of student teachers, cooperating teachers, and college students regarding a literacy practicum in a housing project, a methods course in an urban school, and student teaching in diverse schools. Data indicate that the experiences have changed attitudes from fear to recognition of students as individuals learning to read and resulted in improvements in teachers' attitudes and abilities regarding cultural diversity. (Contains 19 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Cooperating Teachers, Cultural Differences, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Literacy Education, Low Rent Housing, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Experience, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).