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ERIC Number: EJ1123021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Cooperating Teachers' Perspectives of Student Teaching Skills and Activities
Smalley, Scott W.; Retallick, Michael S.; Paulsen, Thomas H.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v56 n4 p123-137 2015
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which cooperating teachers deem required student teaching skills and activities relevant to the agricultural education student teaching experience. The population for this descriptive study consisted of individuals who served as cooperating teachers in Iowa and South Dakota during the last 5 years (N = 70). The study focused on activities in eight constructs: evaluation of student performance, teaching, FFA, planning instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), teaching profession, school-community relations, and adult education. Cooperating teachers surveyed in this study believed that seven of the eight constructs were very relevant to the student teaching experience. They thought the eighth construct, adult education, was irrelevant. This study serves as a feedback loop to university agricultural education student teaching coordinators. Since cooperating teachers exert a powerful influence on practices adopted by student teachers, it is critical that training for cooperating teachers emphasizes the importance of skills and activities required during the capstone student teaching experience. Agricultural education programs nationwide can use these results as guidelines when reviewing expectations for student teaching and cooperating teachers.
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Cooperating Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teaching Skills, Student Teaching, Student Teacher Evaluation, Educational Planning, Supervision, Field Experience Programs, School Community Relationship, Adult Education, Teacher Surveys, Relevance (Education), Teacher Education, Skill Development, Leadership Training
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa; South Dakota