Student Teaching, Critical Confidant, Preservice Support, Challenges
Extensive research has found that student teaching is a challenging experience for pre-service teachers (PSTs). This paper proposes a new model for the student teaching experience where PSTs have a cooperating teacher, supervisor, and also a special mentor called a Critical Confidant. We collected survey data over the course of three consecutive semesters to determine PST’s perceptions. Results indicate that PSTs found having a Critical Confidant to be an overwhelmingly positive experience. PSTs felt safe because of the non-evaluative Critical Confidant role. They appreciated support from someone who had more experience but who was not yet an expert teacher. Implications and recommendations for future study are included.
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Pfister, Christina C. and Paljevic, Sophia
"A Cooperating Teacher, a Supervisor, and a Critical Confidant: The Journey Moving Toward a New Model of Support For Student Teachers,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 13
, Article 3.