English, Literature, and Modern Languages Faculty Publications

Title

Pre-service Teachers' Perceptions in Beginning Education Classes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2005

Journal Title

Teaching and Teacher Education

Volume

21

Issue

6

First Page

717

Last Page

727

Abstract

Based on research concerning the influence and persistence of beliefs about teaching that pre-service teachers (students who are not yet teaching professionally) bring with them to their courses. This study used a survey and semi-structured interview to ascertain what students in a beginning education course felt were the qualities and determining characteristics of both good and poor teachers. Findings suggest that pre-service teachers conceive of teaching primarily as a task involving affective, interpersonal relationships rather than a profession requiring a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner. The findings of this study can be useful in the process of developing teacher education programs.

Keywords

Pre-service teacher education, Higher education, Teacher education, Education majors, Teacher characteristics, Student perceptions