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ERIC Number: EJ1029284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Family Background of Beginning Education Students: Implications for Teacher Educators
Stewart, Roger A.; Coll, Kenneth M.; Osguthorpe, Richard
College Student Journal, v47 n4 p627-634 Dec 2013
Teacher education has not historically focused on the social and emotional development of teachers even though there is evidence that such variables influence student success (Jennings & Greenberg, 2009). We believe such a focus is important and we explored variables in teacher education students' families of origin that underpin social and emotional health and predict a variety of life and workplace outcomes. We administered two widely used scales to 401 preservice teachers. One scale, the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES III), measured family of origin interaction patterns. The other, the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test (CAST), explored family of origin alcohol use patterns. Results for both instruments showed divergences from norms with the preservice teachers exhibiting less optimal family functioning. We emphasize that the FACES III and the CAST should not be used as screening devices in teacher education but instead they could be part of a group of instruments and activities devoted to helping future teachers explore how their family backgrounds might influence their social and emotional development and thus their teaching. We discuss how counselor education, which requires a family of origin exploratory activity for counselors in training, might be used as a model for teacher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Family Adaptability Cohesion Evaluation Scales
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