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ERIC Number: EJ1366827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2474-4166
Are They Prepared? Examining Teacher Candidates', Cooperating Teachers', and University Supervisors' Perspectives of a Redesigned Field Experience
Myers, Joy; Kang, Shin Ji; Hughes, Michelle
Excellence in Education Journal, v12 n1 p4-31 Win 2023
A team of teacher educators conducted a phenomenological study to explore the perceptions of teacher candidates (TCs), their cooperating teachers (CTs), and university supervisors (USs) during and after they participated in a redesigned seven-week practicum that led directly into seven weeks of student teaching. Data were collected via two surveys with open-ended prompts and revealed three distinct themes across the three groups of participants: relationships, preparedness, and professionalism. Opportunities, presented by the redesigned field experience, were seized upon but in varying ways dependent on each group of participants (TC, CT, and US). The findings from this study are significant because unlike other studies that just examine the perspectives of one group of the triad, the goal of this research was to understand the perspectives of the entire triad (TC, CT, and US). Recommendations for teacher education programs interested in redesigning their field experiences are shared.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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