The Impact of Cooperating Teachers on the Teaching Perspectives of Student Teachers

By Derek Anderson.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This mixed methods study was designed to explore the extent to which student teachers’ perspectives on teaching changed as a result of the student teaching experience, and whether or not their perspectives more closely resembled the perspectives of their cooperating teachers following the student teaching practicum. The data revealed that approximately half of the student teachers changed their dominant perspectives, though nearly all student teachers and cooperating teachers reported ways in which the student teachers changed; and, student teachers most commonly cited their cooperating teachers as having had an impact on their changes.

Keywords: Student Teaching, Cooperating Teacher, Student Teacher Change, Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI)

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp.119-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.208MB).

Dr. Derek Anderson

Assistant Professor of Education, Teacher Training and Professional Development, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, USA

Derek Anderson taught middle school social studies, language arts, and math for 10 years, where he was a lead teacher, coach, and outdoor camp director. Currently, he is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Northern Michigan University where teaches undergraduate courses in teaching methods for elementary teachers and graduate courses in curriculum and educational research.


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