ERIC Number: ED393569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-29
Reference Count: N/A
Jumping off the Edge: Learner Centered Early Childhood Teacher Education.
Starnes, Lisa; Bohach, Barbara
This paper suggests that a way of overcoming the conflict experienced by student teachers doing field work when their field-work teachers often have different philosophies than those taught on the college campus is to model a true learner-centered approach in teacher education courses. A stronger experience than using cooperative groups or having students pursuing activities in a teacher education courses is necessary for students to fully understand how a learner-centered classroom for preservice teachers can work. The paper describes classroom activities used over a 2-year period in a move toward an extreme position of learner-centeredness. The paper reports experiences with portfolios, cooperative-group assignments, task cards, and mini-lessons. Some of the changes that occur in teacher education students, and the students' responses to the course, are reported. Contains six references. (TM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Learner Centered Instruction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (Washington, DC, November 29, 1995).