ERIC Number: ED368706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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IFEP as a Tool for Infusing Community Service Agencies in Pre-Service Teacher Preparation.
McKay, Joane W.; And Others
This paper describes a field experience program that involved preservice teachers in creating action plans that would incorporate schools of education and human service agencies in collaborative efforts for the welfare of children. The program, a component of the Secondary Education Teacher Development Seminar, required development of an Individualized Field Experience Plan (IFEP) which involved students' self-assessment of their background, an outline of their specific goals, and 15 hours of school and community observations. The community involvement component of the IFEP brought students to an increased awareness of diverse living conditions and educational backgrounds. The personal stories are presented of two graduate students with theater backgrounds who began a program that benefitted hundreds of inner city youth. Factors in the field experience program's success are analyzed, such as having a support group of peers in the seminar, using a team teaching approach, and assigning students to reflect on persons who made a difference in their lives. Appendices provide the form used for an Individualized Field Experience Plan and a sample copy of a completed IFEP. (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Programs, Community Services, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Individualized Programs, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Secondary Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Experience, Student Participation, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Atlanta, GA, February 12-16, 1994).