ERIC Number: ED374084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-15
Reference Count: 0
The Satellite Program: A Collaboration for Clinical Experiences in Teacher Education.
Tusin, Linda F.
The Satellite Program is a collaborative project between the Elmhurst College (Illinois) Education Department and several area school districts. The primary objective of the program is to provide teacher education students the opportunity to participate in a required series of structured, monitored, and varied clinical experiences in public schools. This is accomplished by linking students to Satellite Schools. Within the schools, each student is assigned a mentor, a teacher who supports and assists the student in clinical experiences throughout the teacher education program. The program provides the student with an internship in an entire school, not just a single classroom as in a traditional student teaching assignment. Satellite School personnel are linked through training, information, and recognition sessions and through written communication, including course syllabi with clinical objectives. A pilot program was implemented during spring semester 1991. Evaluation data from Satellite students and non-Satellite students showed evidence of significant differences in three of the six program objectives. Evaluation in the following semester showed evidence of significant differences in all six program objectives. Evaluation comments from students and Satellite School personnel provided additional information. The development, implementation, and evaluation of the Satellite program offer a working model of school-college collaboration in teacher education for the improvement of clinical experiences. Contains 12 references. (Author)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Models, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Student Attitudes, Student Teachers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Clinical Teacher Education; Elmhurst College IL; Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 15, 1992). For a related document, see SP 035 302. The Satellite Program has been funded in part by the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education.