ERIC Number: ED381490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-14
Reference Count: N/A
Shared Visions for Educational Advancement: The UT-ADAPT ACADEMY for Early Childhood Teacher Preparation.
Cooke, Gary E.; And Others
The UT-ADAPT (University of Toledo-Associates for Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Teaching) Academy for Early Childhood Education and Teacher Preparation in Ohio consists of teachers, university faculty, agency service providers, health care professionals, administrators, parents, and community leaders who share goals for early childhood education. The primary objective of the Academy is the development, implementation, and maintenance of an exemplary preparation program for adults choosing careers in early childhood education. The Academy also supports professional development and collaborative activities of its members. Academy members are involved in recruitment and selection of candidates for teacher education, the curriculum of the preparation program, and field and clinical experiences. The Academy's approach is based on principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practices for young children. Advantages of the Academy approach include affirmation and support among collaborating professionals, best practice experience, and professional growth and development. This paper presents principles governing the establishment of the Academy, resources, grants awarded, evaluation of progress, conference presentations, and problems and obstacles. Appendixes include an organization chart, a proposed Ohio teacher licensure chart, goals for the redesign of the teacher preparation program, a composite membership profile, a professional needs survey, a professional development activities survey, and sample focus group discussion questions. (JDD)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Curriculum Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Student Teaching, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: University of Toledo OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (47th, Washington, DC, February 12-15, 1995).