ERIC Number: ED038368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Elementary Teachers Through Practica and the Cooperative Teacher Corps.
Wichita State Univ., KS.
This sequential teacher preparation program is designed to increase the effectiveness of the actual student teaching experience by increasing school-university cooperation and coordination through an organization called the the Cooperative Teacher Corps, and by offering a variety of practicum-based experiences prior to student teaching. Governed by a board of directors composed of five elected classroom teachers with the chairman of the department and the coordinator of student teaching as ex-officio board members, the Teacher Corps is open to any teacher interested in the student teaching process, although membership does not assure his participation as supervisor of student teachers. In addition to holding regular inservice conferences, the Corps takes an active role in developing and implementing the variety of practicum-based experiences which begin in the teacher candidate's sophomore year and culminate in student teaching. While enrolled in introductory educational courses, sophomores begin classroom laboratory experiences that range from observation to participation as aides. Following the sophomore year, students enroll in methods courses in which they work directly with teachers and children in designing and conducting teaching-learning situations. Preliminary evaluations of the program indicate increased student enthusiasm and confidence as a result of their experiences, better communication between school and university personnel, and improved feedback and supervisory practices. (JES)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Wichita State Univ., KS.
Note: Entry for 1970 AACTE Distinguished Achievement Award in Teacher Education