ERIC Number: ED469467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
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Literature Review of Best Practices of Cooperating Teachers in the USA.
This study involved searching all articles published in the last 25 years in both research and professional journals to investigate best practices of cooperating physical education teachers in the United States. The paper focuses on 38 articles related to cooperating teachers and the student teaching experience. Results show that student teachers need to be placed in an environment conducive to their development. They also need the support of cooperating teachers who are knowledgeable about the current curriculum content of physical education, have a good program, and are able to provide appropriate feedback to student teachers through the use of supervisory tools. Good cooperating teachers must also be able to provide student teachers with the emotional support they need. The literature supports the idea of training cooperating teachers as supervisors to provide student teachers with the best support. There is a lack of knowledge regarding the type of curriculum cooperating teachers use in the gymnasium and its impact on student teachers. Also, though many studies mention the importance of using supervisory tools to provide objective data, few discuss how cooperating teachers use this information and its impact on student teacher training. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the China-U.S. Conference on Physical Education (Beijing, China, July 16-19, 2002).