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This study examined the motivation of teachers hosting preservice teachers in their classrooms during the early stages of preservice training. Preservice teachers from a foundations of education course observed for 4 hours each in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms early in their experience. Later, during a practicum, students spent 100 hours in one classroom. Finally, they completed student teaching. Study data came from: a written survey of participating teachers during fall 1999 (which asked about why they were willing to host education students); fall 1999 placement records from the field experience coordinator; and interviews with an administrator and a college faculty member who supervised student teachers. The administrator and faculty member commented on differences in motivation between host teachers and cooperating teachers. While there were many similarities between host teachers and cooperating teachers concerning why they were willing to host preservice teachers, there were also significant differences. Most teachers were willing to accept either foundations or practicum students. Many liked having student teachers because of having another adult to help. Most teachers had student-centered reasons for hosting students. Requests for practicum students were most common. Many more elementary than secondary teachers were willing to host students. (SM)

Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Motivation

Autor: Ridgway, Carolyn


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