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ERIC Number: EJ915864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Teacher Candidates' Attitudes that Influence Preparation Choice: Traditional versus Professional Development School Options
Latham, Nancy; Wedwick, Linda
School-University Partnerships, v3 n1 p90-99 Spr 2009
Many teacher candidates continue to choose the traditional student teaching path in spite of research documenting the value and benefits of professional development school programs. The purpose of this study was to explore reasons why teacher candidates choose a traditional model versus a professional development school model for their culminating student teaching experience. Participants for this study were from the elementary teacher education program at a large midwestern university. Data collection for the study took place over one semester, and 203 candidates participated. The study found that teacher candidates' dispositions in regard to career mindedness, or a lack thereof, influenced their preparation choice. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
National Association for Professional Development Schools. College of Education University of South Carolina, Wardlaw 252, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-1515; Fax: 803-777-3035; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A