ERIC Number: ED395901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
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The Urban Living-Learning Teaching Center: Collaboration in Preparing Teachers for Urban Schools.
Melenyzer, Beverly J.
Preparing inservice and preservice teachers and administrators to meet the challenges of student diversity requires collaboration among teacher educators, state leaders, school practitioners, and the community. The Urban Living-Learning Teaching Center partnership is designed to meet this challenge. The partnership includes faculty, administrators, and preservice teachers from two state universities, a liberal arts college, and an inner-city school district. The Center's model is comprised of five components: urban living experiences, learning opportunities, urban teaching, community awareness, and cultural experiences. A series of seminars, workshops, and field trips complement the model and provide opportunities for university faculty, preservice and inservice teachers, and partners from basic education to collaborate on critical issues in urban education. The focus of these meetings include: the multicultural curricula, the urban student, cultural backgrounds, and student learning styles. Three forms of evaluation and assessment are conducted each semester and serve as data for program evaluation: One Minute Evaluation forms, Urban Center Exit Questionnaire, and The Urban Center Summative Evaluation. Preliminary findings regarding preservice teachers indicate that the program is successful in preparing students for urban teaching experiences. University faculty report that they are better prepared to share information and resources, model instructional strategies, and mentor preservice and inservice teacher and administrator candidates in meeting the demands of diverse student populations. Partnerships between universities and public schools have encouraged generation of new, creative ideas, innovative curriculum developments, and more mutual understanding. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/NAV)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Minority Groups, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Racial Differences, School Community Relationship, School Districts, Student Teaching, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators, Universities, Urban Teaching
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California University of Pennsylvania; Carlow College PA; Diversity (Student); Pittsburgh School District PA; Slippery Rock University PA
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (8th, Portland, OR, July 9-11, 1994).