Educational Research Journal

Student Teaching: Preservice Teachers' Perspectives and Experiences

2007.第22卷第1期(Vol. 22 No. 1).pp. 23–48

Student Teaching: Preservice Teachers’ Perspectives and Experiences

Jepkorir Rose CHEPYATOR-THOMSON & Shan-Hui HSU


The purpose of the study was to investigate 94 preservice teachers' perspectives and experiences on student teaching. Data collection methods included journal reflections, focus group discussions, videotapes of teaching, and observation field notes. Data analysis focused on qualitative research methods (Glaser & Strauss, 1967) such as triangulation. The major findings included (a) elements of teaching such as concepts of pedagogy which were addressed in pre-service teachers' discussions, and reflection narratives; (b) interactions between cooperative teachers and the pre-service teachers for which apprenticeship-of-observation was used; (c) pre-service teachers' creation of curricular activities derived mainly from cooperative teachers' experiences; (d) pre-service teachers' experiences on shock during apprenticeship of observation period; (e) knowledge of pedagogy; and (f) acts of teaching.

Keywords: physical education student teaching; apprenticeship-of-observation; learning domains