ERIC Number: EJ879026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
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Secondary Mathematics Cooperating Teachers' Perceptions of the Purpose of Student Teaching
Leatham, Keith R.; Peterson, Blake E.
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v13 n2 p99-119 Apr 2010
This article reports on the results of a survey of 45 secondary mathematics cooperating teachers' perceptions of the primary purposes of student teaching and their roles in accomplishing those purposes. The most common purposes were interacting with an experienced, practising teacher, having a real classroom experience, and experiencing and learning about classroom management. The most common roles were providing the space for experience, modeling, facilitating reflection, and sharing knowledge. The findings provided insights into the cooperating teachers' perceptions about both "what" should be learned through student teaching and "how" it should be learned. These findings paint a picture of cooperating teachers who do not see themselves as teacher educators--teachers of student teachers. Implications for mathematics teacher educators are discussed.
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Student Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Cooperating Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Mathematics, Attitude Measures, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Experience, Teacher Role, Mathematics Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
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