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ERIC Number: ED461650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Building Student Teacher Character: A Profile from Cooperating Teacher Judgments.
Chiang, Linda H.
This study ascertained public school cooperating teachers' judgments of important student teacher characteristics, noting their suggestions for modifying the curriculum and developing characteristics that student teachers need to teach in public schools. First, a group of 12 cooperating teachers and their student teachers listed important student teacher characteristics. Next, 37 public school teachers from three districts who worked with student teachers ranked the importance of those characteristics. Follow-up interviews were conducted in the next year. Teachers ranked the most important student teacher characteristics as enthusiasm, cooperation, and a positive attitude. They also noted the importance of responsibility, flexibility, organization, preparedness, commitment, vision, total focus, and professional appearance. The most mentioned suggestions regarding student-teacher effectiveness included not having to have another job outside of teaching, the need to accept constructive criticism, the need to be more flexible, and the need to be lifelong learners. Suggestions for curriculum modification included using freshman orientation to raise awareness of character education, adding character education to the student teaching handbook, and making student teachers aware of Character Counts activities and programs. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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