ERIC Number: EJ1021947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Student Teachers Speak Out!
Berridge, Gina G.; Goebel, Vella
Action in Teacher Education, v35 n5-6 p418-425 2013
The high teacher attrition and early-career exodus of beginning teachers suggest that traditional methods fall short of providing the support needed by beginning teachers. This qualitative study examined the challenges encountered by student teachers during their practicum experience. Findings suggest that the attrition rate may be at least partially caused by a lack of realistic expectations on the part of student and beginning teachers. Student teachers reported feeling overwhelmed by the time requirements of teaching and lacked the skills to manage extremes of student behavior. The study suggests the need for the inclusion of stress reduction and time management courses to aid in the transition to the classroom.
Descriptors: Student Teacher Attitudes, Practicums, Teaching Experience, Questionnaires, Interviews, Classroom Observation Techniques, Stress Variables, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Discipline Problems, Cooperating Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Student Teaching, Qualitative Research, Faculty Mobility
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; Elementary Education
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