ERIC Number: ED057963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
A Rural Internship Program Model.
Blackmore, Dorothy S.; MacNair, C. Richard
Seven rural California counties participated in a teacher preparation internship program funded by the Education Professions Development Act. The 101 elementary teacher intern candidates--having a wide range of academic backgrounds, personal interests, and talents--first took part in an 8-week summer preservice experience consisting of (1) orientation to elementary curriculum, diagnostic instruments, lesson planning, classroom routines, organization, and management; (2) half-day student-teaching activities with fully certified master teachers; and (3) orientation to and study of the sociology of the rural community, additional methodology, and the customary district orientation procedures for new teachers. The year of internship represented a melding of 5 interfacing elements: (1) classroom teaching; (2) problem-centered seminars; (3) assistance from supervisors; (4) professional coursework; and (5) a continuous program of self-evaluation and autonomous learning. A summer postservice period provided an opportunity for the intern to complete his teacher preparation on an individual basis, with some freedom to select fields of study or engage in other activities. The internship program emphasized the interrelatedness of the activities and responsibilities of the participating school districts, offices of county superintendents of schools, the State Department of Education, and the colleges and universities. The major portion of the text presents an evaluation of the recruitment and selection procedures and a description of the program model, its sequential and mutually cooperative implementation, and the degree to which program objectives were attained. (JH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational Personnel Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.