ERIC Number: ED055999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Concentrated Placement of Student Teachers.
Augenstein, Mildred B.; Tennis, Melvin H., Jr.
During the 1968-69 school year the Dade County, Florida, Public Schools conducted an experiment in which student teachers were placed in concentrated numbers among selected schools. The program involved 15 elementary and secondary schools as experimental student-teaching centers into which 212 student teachers were placed from the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University. The remaining group of approximately 400 student teachers from these two universities were placed according to conventional procedures and served as a comparison group. Data for the study were gathered through two procedures: 1) questionnaires distributed to student teachers in experimental and comparison schools and to supervising teachers and administrators in experimental schools, and 2) on-site interviews based on a structured questionnaire form. Analysis of the questionnaires indicated that student teachers did benefit from concentrated placement; that cooperating personnel in experimental schools generally favored the program, although there were some instances of dissatisfaction, especially in secondary schools; and that the program did not cause any significant increase in inservice activities in the schools involved. Conclusions are that concentrated placement is a feasible and beneficial method, but flexible formats suited to local conditions should be explored. (An appendix contains copies of the questionnaires.) (RT)
Descriptors: Affiliated Schools, College School Cooperation, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Placement
J.B. White, Fla. Educational Research & Development Council, College of Education, Univ. of Fla., Gainesville, Fla. 32601 (single copy $1.00)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Ft. Myers.