ERIC Number: ED346100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
University/School District Reflection in Teacher Education: A Collaborative Inquiry Approach. (The Portland State University/East Multnomah County Project: "Classroom As Families" Teacher Education Program).
Driscoll, Amy; Nagel, Nancy
This study describes two phases of the planning of a professional development center for teaching and teacher education, utilizing a reflective and collaborative inquiry approach. Two themes guided the study: (1) the dissonance between teacher education and teaching; and (2) preparation of teachers to respond to the changing population of children and families. Participants in the study were school district and school administrators, university faculty, and classroom teachers. Data were collected from narrative records of planning and review sessions, collections of planning materials and resulting program descriptions, and participant journals. The major result of phase one was the development of a preservice and inservice program entitled "Classrooms as Families," which addresses the social and support needs of children, teachers, and families. Phase two findings suggest that university and school district faculties provide models of practice for preservice teachers; teacher education should increase the study of family systems, communication, conflict resolution, and time and stress management. Through reflective and collaborative inquiry, both school personnel and university faculty became significant contributors to the professionalization of teaching. (LL)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Faculty, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Family School Relationship, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Population Trends, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Improvement, School Districts, School Responsibility, School Restructuring, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Participation, Teaching Models, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Collaborative Inquiry; Professional Development Centers; Reflective Inquiry; Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).