ERIC Number: ED433338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Influence of Teacher Educators' Perspectives on the Role of Teachers in the Student Teaching Experience.
Bell, Valerie D.
This paper describes a study that examined the perspectives of teacher educators regarding the role of teachers and the student teaching experience. It also discusses a companion study that investigated whether those perspectives influenced student teachers during their student teaching experience. The first study used two or three interviews per teacher educator to determine their attitudes. Results indicated that the teacher educators' answers revolved around six themes: respect for students, encouraging students to reflect, modeling effective teaching, placing students with effective cooperating teachers, being active professionals, and consistently voicing philosophies and theories that they espoused. The companion study involved a questionnaire administered to former students of the teacher educators in the initial study. The questionnaire focused on the former students' reactions to the six themes. Results indicated that, overall, the former student teachers agreed with statements on the questionnaire that were based on the specific perspectives of their teacher educators, which means they may have been influenced by the teacher educators. This suggests that prior knowledge brought by students to their student teaching is shaped by teacher educators on campus. The surveys are appended. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Questionnaires, Student Surveys, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Influence, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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