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ERIC Number: EJ974372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Examining the Influence of a Support Seminar on Pre-Service Teachers' Preparedness for Student Teaching
Polly, Drew; Frazier, Joyce; Hopper, Cindy; Chapman, Marvin; Wells, Richard
School-University Partnerships, v5 n1 p102-107 Spr 2012
This study examined the influence of a semester-long seminar on student teachers' perceptions of their preparedness for student teaching. Eighteen pre-service teachers in elementary (grades K-6) and middle grades (grades 6-8) participated in the seminar. Seventeen pre-service teachers from the same programs were used as a matched comparison group. Analysis of gain scores between pre- and post-seminar surveys indicated that teachers in the seminar reported being more prepared than their colleagues in seven areas. Analysis of the first observation from students' full-time internship indicated statistically significant differences on ratings related to classroom management and content knowledge. However, no significant differences were noted during pre-service teachers' fourth observation during their internship. In light of these findings, implications for supporting pre-service teachers are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina