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Title:Portrait of Success: Cooperating Teachers and the Student Teaching Experience
Author(s):Kahn, Brian B.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Clift, Renée T.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Abstract:Current research on student teachers and the student teacher experience has often neglects the point of view of the cooperating teacher. Through 20 interviews with cooperating teachers, the author obtained data on how cooperating teachers define a successful student teaching experience and what they believe could enhance their success. The data from the interviews confirms certain trends in these perceptions, including the importance of a "mutual learning relationship" between the student and cooperating teacher. Cooperating teachers also called for greater support and collaboration from the university community, defined by (1) improved communication about university expectations, (2) more courses and inservicing for cooperating teachers, (3) input from cooperating teachers about the content and delivery of methods courses, and (4) more input from cooperating teachers in the development of teacher education programs. The author concludes that more effective teacher education models must be informed by a larger data base of information from cooperating teachers, and that collaborative teacher education programs must include the voices of the professional who works closest with the student teacher.
Issue Date:1999
Description:203 p.
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9944901
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1999

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