ERIC Number: ED238879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Primary Focus of Teacher Education Internships.
Frey, Kenneth R.; Murphy, Peter J.
One strategy for better preparing students for teaching in contemporary schools is to offer them programs which provide extended field experience. If well-planned and directed, these programs can generate many benefits by integrating the theory and practice of teaching. The University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada), through various internship programs, offers students extended field experiences. Though these programs differ in many ways, they are all based on a philosophy of personalized professional growth. The Saanich Internship Program assigns students to a specific school for an entire school year, enabling them to teach under supervision at different grade levels. The Secondary Internship Program, designed for prospective secondary school teachers, involves an 8-month internship which allows students to teach and to observe other teachers. The Secondary Professional Year Music Program, designed for students who hold an academic degree in music, provides prospective teachers with an 8-month practicum. The Elementary Rural Teacher Preparation Program offers courses and teaching experiences at the University of Victoria and at more rural locations. The Educational Administration Graduate Cooperative Program, established for practicing administrators, offers an academic session, a 6-month internship, and a 2-month period for preparing a research report. (JD)
Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Declining Enrollment, Field Experience Programs, Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Rural Education, Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teachers, Teacher Certification, Teacher Interns, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: University of Victoria BC