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ERIC Number: ED349272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Partners in Learning: The Division of Education and Elementary School Connection.
Over the years, Neumann College (Pennsylvania) and surrounding school districts have cooperated informally in providing clinical sites for student teaching experiences. The growth of education programs at Neumann prompted a formalization of the clinical experience process in order to maintain the quality of its teacher preparation programs. The division of education took the lead in creating a collaborative partnership by evaluating prototypes from the corporate world. In the summer of 1990, it invited one elementary school to commence in a pilot partnership designed to link theory and research with practical experience. Majors in elementary or early childhood education would go to field placements in the second semester of their freshman year, and classroom teachers at the school would be supplied with resources from the college to enhance individualization of classroom instruction. Authority and responsibility were shared equally by school and college faculty. Evaluation of the program consisted of assessing logs compiled by students, analyzing taped lessons, and examining student scores. Prospective teachers completed self-evaluations, and their classroom performance was appraised. Results indicated success in all areas. Participants concluded that considerable improvement in pupil progress related to the individualization afforded by the partnership program. Partnership schools appreciated the availability of continuing professional development. Preliminary findings indicate the partnership benefits all constituencies engaged in the process, and its benefits outweigh its limitations. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Neumann College PA; Partnerships in Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (44th, San Antonio, TX, February 25-28, 1992).