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PRESERVICE TEACHERS' FIELD EXPERIENCE SURPRISES: SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

Anne Larson

Abstract


This study examined what preservice teachers found surprising about their field experience. Seventy-two preservice teachers completed an open-ended questionnaire during the final field experience seminar of the academic term. Data were content analyzed using inductive coding. Four themes of surprises emerged. The preservice teachers were (a) negatively surprised about the teaching styles exhibited by cooperating teachers, (b) negatively surprised about the students’ level of health-related fitness and skill, and positively surprised about students’ motivation to engage in contemporary content, (c) negatively surprised by the environment in which classes were conducted and the size of the classes, and (d) positively surprised at having had a good experience teaching. The results suggest that a chism continues to exist between the ideals taught in physical education teacher education programs and the realities of physical education teaching.?

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