ERIC Number: ED390464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Reality 401: An Intense Preservice Field Based Program for Middle Grades Education.
In an effort to establish a quality middle grades teacher education program that would be responsive to local needs, the Middle Grades Education (MGE) faculty at Georgia's Valdosta State University implemented Reality 401, a field based program, in Fall 1992. The program is a senior year teacher education program designed to provide a collaborative training base with public school facilities and to improve the quality of teacher preparation through the implementation of extensive field experience. The first and second quarters of the senior year consist of three blocked courses each and intensive field experience, while the third quarter is reserved for student teaching. In the first quarter of implementation, both instruction and field experience were conducted at a local middle school, but due to scheduling conflicts, students began taking classes at the college 2 days a week. The middle grades major at the University now involves 105 quarter hours of course work with approximately 470 clock hours of field experience, in addition to the 10-week student teaching component. After the program's first year, a field experience handbook was developed to improve communication between mentors and preservice teachers. Appendixes include a sample form for a mid-quarter professionalism report and selected comments from a 1993 survey of mentors and preservice teachers. (TGI)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Improvement, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Supervision, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Valdosta State College GA
Note: In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Successful College Teaching (18th, Orlando, Florida, February 26-28, 1994); see JC 960 033.