ERIC Number: ED367606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-18
Reference Count: N/A
Learning through Assessment: A Project Approach.
Hastings, Jan; And Others
This paper describes the teacher certification program offered at the Fryeburg site of the University of Southern Maine's Extended Teacher Education Program and how the spirit of inquiry that is fostered through a project approach affects the interns and the practicing teachers with whom they work. The program uses a project approach to organize the interns' experiences and offer a coordinated approach to the curriculum which helps interns to unify experiences more completely. The projects are assigned and assessed through a general methods class. The projects assigned are: a teaching platform; a comparative child study; collaboration with other interns on a thematic integrated unit; the artifact collection (videotapes of three planned lessons which are analyzed, and an action research report); a response journal; and a portfolio. Through these projects, the program models that: teachers are guided by students' progress; learning demonstrated through a project, not a paper and pencil test, may be longer lasting; student-selected work reveals things that required work does not; the product is important, and so is the process required to produce the product; and opportunities for students to unify their learning through a variety of modes is an effective strategy. Program materials are appended to the paper. (JDD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended Teacher Education Programs, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Internship Programs, Practicums, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Implementation, Student Evaluation, Student Projects, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Southern Maine
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, February 16-19, 1994).