ERIC Number: EJ1211445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Classroom Practices of Cooperating Teachers and Their Relationship to Collaboration Quality and Time: Perceptions of Student Teachers
Gurl, Theresa J.
Teaching Education, v30 n2 p177-199 2019
This study examined the complexities of the collaborative relationship between student teachers and cooperating teachers in secondary mathematics from the perspectives of the student teachers. Four cohorts of student teachers (N = 170) in secondary mathematics were surveyed using a questionnaire that measured their perceptions of two dimensions of their student teaching experience: collaboration with their cooperating teachers and the classroom practices of their cooperating teachers. Although analysis of the responses revealed that student teachers were generally satisfied with the amount and quality of the collaboration, two important results were revealed. First, about half of the respondents reported spending less than an hour collaborating weekly with their cooperating teacher in various contexts. Second, certain classroom practices of the cooperating teachers were found to be significantly associated with whether they spent more or less than an hour collaborating with their student teachers, and were significantly correlated in most cases. This explicit linkage suggests that the classroom practices of cooperating teachers may extend to the mentoring approach they take when working with student teachers. Suggestions for teacher education programs and cooperating teacher support are shared.
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Cooperating Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Cooperation, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Student Attitudes, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Correlation, Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)