Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2020, Page: 146-155
Student Teachers Help Student Teachers: A Phenomenological Study on the Student Teaching Triad’s Lived Experiences
Hsiu-Lien Lu, Department of Education and Learning Technology, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Received: Oct. 12, 2020;       Accepted: Nov. 2, 2020;       Published: Nov. 11, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.tecs.20200504.11      View  34      Downloads  24
The phenomenological study investigated peer coaching (student teachers helping student teachers) based on the experiences of the student teaching triads, namely, student teachers, program supervisors, and mentor teachers, in a teacher education program in North America. The program recruited students who had graduated from undergraduate and completed required prerequisite courses or minored in education. A total of 69 students enrolled in the program and were randomly assigned in four cohorts. Altogether 23 stakeholders from each cohort including eight student teachers, eight program supervisors, and seven mentor teachers participated in the study and answered the guiding inquiry question: How do you perceive peer coaching in student teaching. Each participant received two recorded 90-minute in-depth interviews. Grounded theory using open coding, selective coding and axial coding strategies was employed to analyze the verbatim data sets. Five analogies consisting of a two-way street, a reality check, a pep rally, a contorted mirror, and a chore emerged and were identified during the analysis course and were utilized as themes to respond to the research question. The study revealed the complexity of peer coaching in the field and found that peer coaching brings forth advantages and problems due to the specific context the program situated. On the one hand, peer coaching creates opportunities that promote student teachers in learning to teach and teaching to learn academically and psychologically, as well as getting support emotionally. Also, peer coaching provides opportunities for student teachers to view fellow student teachers teach, which permits them to objectively reflect and assess their own performance. Furthermore, peer coaching is a time for student teachers to encourage and appreciate each other, which makes them feel more comfortable, truthful, related, and connected. Additionally, peer coaching brings about positive and potentially lasting effects to student teaching that may promise the continuum of teacher education. On the other hand, student teachers may experience problems taking notes and providing feedback due to lack of experience teaching. In addition, peer coaching may turn into a routine for student teachers to complete and check off with time constraints caused by the fast-track setup of the program. Therefore, the study suggests that teacher educators who consider adopting peer coaching assess their capacity and evaluate its feasibility based on the context they are in.
Peer Coaching, The Student Teaching Triad, Student Teaching, Field Experience, Preservice Teacher Education, A Phenomenological Study
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Hsiu-Lien Lu, Student Teachers Help Student Teachers: A Phenomenological Study on the Student Teaching Triad’s Lived Experiences, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2020, pp. 146-155. doi: 10.11648/j.tecs.20200504.11
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