ERIC Number: ED335340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Criteria and Selection of Cooperating Teachers Involved in Alternative Teacher Education Programs.
Nagel, Nancy; And Others
This paper examines the teacher education reforms of the 1980's but focuses on an area which has remained constant and unchanged, specifically the criteria for and selection of cooperating teachers. Two examples of reform programs in Oregon are discussed. Both programs represent a professional development center concept model with collaborative arrangements between universities and school districts, as described in reform literature. A requirement for preservice teachers is a year-long internship with a gradual progression from observation to full teaching responsibility, and coursework concurrent with field experiences which integrate theory and practice. Criteria for the selection of cooperating teachers include 3 years of teaching experience, demonstrated competence in teaching, ability to work cooperatively with others, and preparation in supervising and evaluating preservice teachers and their experiences. The selection process includes application with written statements of intent by the potential mentor, recommendations from teacher peers, and review and selection by a panel representing university faculty, school district administrators, and teachers. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Beaverton School District OR; Cooperative Professional Education Program; Pacific University OR; Portland State University OR
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (71st, New Orleans, LA, February 16-20, 1991).