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2020, Cilt 10, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 584-595
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2020.418
The Perceptions of Teacher Candidates About Rural Schools: Practicum and Student Teaching Programs
Seyithan DEMİRDAG1, Peter T. GOFF2, Alyson TRESS3
1Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit University, Eregli Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Zonguldak, Turkey
2University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Educational Sciences, Madison, USA
3Director of Talent and Business Operations at CESA 8-Wisconsin, Ministry of Education, Madison, USA
Keywords: Rural schools, Practicum, Student teaching, Teacher distribution, Perceptions

There are considerable differences between urban living standards and rural living standards. Such standards may affect teacher distribution. The inequitable distribution of teacher labour force has been one of the major problems in education system of the United States. This situation has adverse impacts on student achievement. Especially schools in rural areas have difficulty to recruit quality teacher because of poor living standards. Teachers serving in rural schools are generally less qualified in pedagogical training, experience, test scores, and subject-matter content. In this qualitative study, the researchers aimed to examine the perceptions of teacher candidates in practicum and student teaching programs about rural schools. The study included 30 students from practicum program and 30 students from student teaching program. The programs were conducted by the Cooperative Educational Service Agency 8 (CESA 8) in the state of Wisconsin, USA to attract more quality teachers to rural schools. Content analysis method was employed to analyse the qualitative data. The results of the study showed that the perceptions of students in both practicum and student teaching programs seem to be alike regarding the advantages and challenges of rural schools.

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