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ERIC Number: EJ816874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
The Role of Cooperating Teachers' Power in Student Teaching
Anderson, Derek
Education, v128 n2 p307-323 Dec 2007
The student teaching practicum is the capstone event of a new teacher's sequence of formal education and shapes the beginnings of one's foray into to the teaching profession. Vital to that experience is the influence of the cooperating teacher. This study sought a better understanding of that influence, particularly the various aspects of cooperating teachers' power. Through a mixed methods design, 56 student teachers and 48 cooperating teachers answered pre- and post-practicum questionnaires. Furthermore, 12 student teachers and 12 cooperating teachers were interviewed. The data revealed that student teachers most commonly cited their cooperating teachers as having had an impact on their changes, and cooperating teachers were found to exercise power over their student teachers through their evaluations, rewards, distribution of knowledge, vested authority, and charisma. Student teachers and cooperating teachers alike should be made aware of the power differential, and the results of this study should aid teacher education programs develop training programs focused on effective mentorships. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A