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Exploring the Preparedness of Business Education Teacher Candidates for their Internships: The Perspectives of Mentor Teachers

Exploring the Preparedness of Business Education Teacher Candidates for their Internships: The Perspectives of Mentor Teachers
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Author(s): Edward C. Fletcher (University of South Florida, USA), Kathy Mountjoy (Illinois State University, USA) and Glenn Bailey (Illinois State University, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
Pages: 15
Source title: International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology (IJAVET)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Victor Wang (Liberty University, USA), Judith E. Parker (Columbia University, USA) and Geraldine Torrisi-Steele (Griffith University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/javet.2011100103

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Abstract

Applying a modified-Delphi technique, this research study sought consensus from business education mentor teachers regarding the top three areas in which business education student teachers were prepared as well as underprepared for their roles as teachers. Further, the mentor teachers provided recommendations for business education teacher preparation programs to implement to better prepare their teacher candidates for the student teaching internship. To that end, the mentor teachers did not gain consensus on the top three areas their student teachers were most prepared. However, they did agree classroom management and working with special needs’ students were among the top three areas their student teachers were least prepared. The mentor teachers agreed business education teacher preparation programs could provide more experiences with classroom management in public schools and provide their teacher candidates with more information about the workload and commitment needed to be effective teachers.

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