ERIC Number: ED338604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
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Restructuring Teacher Education: Integrating Science/Mathematics Methods Course and Student Teaching--the Northridge Experience.
Bagheri, Hooshi; And Others
The goal of teacher education is to prepare prospective teachers to become reflective practitioners who are able to make pedagogical decisions in light of sound theory. This report describes a model for integrating science and mathematics methods with student teaching. Efforts to maintain a critical bond between theory and practice is one component of the Multiple Subject Credential program at California State University, Northridge. Several assumptions giving foundation to the program to prepare elementary school teachers are highlighted as are the broad elements of the credential curriculum. Focus is on one component of the program consisting of a course in curriculum and instruction for teaching mathematics and science in the elementary school and the accompanying student teaching practicum. The significance of several features of this methods and student teaching component are discussed. They are: (1) methods instructors serving as field supervisors; (2) collaborative lesson planning; (3) curriculum analysis and use--textbooks and other curricular materials; (4) microteaching; (5) observation and peer coaching; (6) supervision; and (7) seminars. The program represents a concerted effort of several departments to provide for student teachers a broad knowledge base as they prepare to teach students from culturally, linguistically, and experientially diverse backgrounds. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: California State University Northridge; Knowledge Base for Teaching
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (71st, New Orleans, LA, February 16-20, 1991).