ERIC Number: ED450079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Characteristics of Effective Teachers: A Multi-Stage Mixed Methods Analysis.
Minor, Lynn C.; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Witcher, Ann E.
This study examined preservice teachers' perceptions of characteristics of effective teachers, as well as whether these perceptions were influenced by educational beliefs (i.e., progressive versus transmissive). Data for the study were collected from 134 preservice teachers enrolled in several sections of an introductory-level education class for education majors at a large Georgia university. Students were given a questionnaire asking them to identify, rank, and define characteristics they believed excellent teachers possessed or demonstrated and a survey that identified their educational beliefs as either progressive or transmissive. A phenomenological analysis of responses revealed several characteristics that many respondents considered to reflect effective teaching. In order of endorsement level, the following seven themes emerged: student-centered; effective classroom and behavior manager; competent instructor; ethical; enthusiastic about teaching; knowledgeable about subject; and personable. Chi-square analyses revealed no relationship between the seven perception categories of effective teachers and student teachers' race, year of study, preferred grade level for teaching, and education belief. However, significantly more males than females endorsed teacher characteristics that related to being an effective classroom and behavior manager. (Contains 25 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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