1996．第6卷第1及2期（Vol. 6 Nos. 1 & 2）．pp. 4556
An Impact of Teaching Practice: Perceptions of Teacher Competence among Student-teachers
Wing-Mui SO, May-Hung CHENG, & Chiao-Liang TSANG（蘇詠梅、鄭美紅、曾昭亮）
The focus of the present study is on student-teacher development as reflected by their perceived teacher competence. The instrument measures the student-teacher's perception on his/her abilities and skills and has been tested as reliable in the pilot study in June, 1995. The indicators of the instrument are divided into four domains, viz. Classroom, School, Community and Professional. In the pilot study, student teachers are found to be very optimistic about their performance while replicates findings in other studies (Weinstein, 1982). The subjects of the present study are the final year students of the Certificate in Primary Education (Chinese) (2-year Full-time) Course. We aim to capture the difference in their perception before and after their teaching practice in Novemeber, 1995. Findings reveal that student-teachers tend to perceive themselves as more competent before the teaching practice. A strong influence of the personal factor of the student teacher in the perception of competence is shown. Implications for teacher education programmes are identified and the paper concludes with inspirations for further study.