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ERIC Number: ED447129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Measuring Student Personal and Professional Confidence: The Impact of Two Teacher Preparation Programs.
Connor, Kathy R.; Killmer, Nadine
This study compared the success of traditionally prepared student teachers with contextually prepared students from Project Opportunity, which was designed to develop a sense of community among student teachers and between student teachers and college faculty and the faculty, staff, and students of partner schools. Groups of students were surveyed each semester as they graduated. Four cohorts of contextually prepared students completed surveys on their readiness and success. Two questionnaires were developed. One collected feedback from Project Opportunity and traditional student teachers, and the other obtained feedback from university supervisors and school cooperating teachers. Student surveys examined: prediction of success, confidence, professional background, preparation, personal attributes, instructional skill, classroom management, application of knowledge, holistic understanding, student interactions, university faculty interactions, and professional opportunities. Cooperating teacher/supervisor surveys examined all but the last four constructs. Results indicated that Project Opportunity was working well. Students, faculty, and public school personnel mentioned specific areas of excellence in participating students. Cooperating teachers and university supervisors noted a visible difference between the groups of student teachers in each major category. Project Opportunity students noted an increase in confidence as educators as well as increased strength in most other areas. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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