Can Cooperating Teachers Help Student Teachers Develop a Vision of Education?

Winter 2007

Source: The Teacher Educator v. 42 no. 3 (Winter 2007) p. 224-36

Research in teacher education is increasingly concerned with teachers' visions of education and their sense of calling, mission, and professional identity. Interviews with outstanding cooperating teachers focused on exploring their belief on teacher vision, and what makes a good teacher.

The teachers were also asked to discuss their beliefs on whether vision--and the independence of spirit that a strong vision is thought to foster--is relevant in their work with student teachers.

The teachers revealed a strong sense of why they teach and shared goals around several themes. They also maintained that reflection is key to developing a vision of education. Teacher education programs can support these teachers' views of quality education by developing conceptual frameworks that foster reflection and the development of a vision for education, particularly in the student teaching experience.

Updated: Dec. 27, 2007