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DOI

10.14221/ajte.1981v6n2.1

Abstract

Often when educators 'talk about teaching', they mention 'the nature of the child' and the expectations the child brings to the learning situation. Student teachers also bring expectations to learning situations in College. Though teacher educators inculcate respect in their students for pupil expectancies in school they can ignore the anticipations and concerns of their student teachers. A particular expectancy of many student teachers is that, while at College, they will be taught 'how to teach'. One can justifiably ignore this expectancy to a degree because ultimately each student teacher should develop his or her own style of teaching. To ignore the expectancy entirely, however, is to abandon the student. "Talk about teaching' often leaves even the good student at sea, unable to make a relevant pattern out of his college studies and his future vocation. This lack of pattern is not inevitable or, of itself, insurmountable. Its occurrence early in teacher training can, however, create considerable student concern for, if theory and practice are not linked in the student's mind early in his College career, disillusionment may set in. Thus one of the duties of a teacher educator is to face his student's expectation that he/she will be taught 'how to teach'.

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10.14221/ajte.1981v6n2.1