ERIC Number: ED098172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Education for the Integrated Day.
Bunker, R. Mason
The Integrated Day Teacher Education Program is an attempt to create a model for teacher preparation which will make schools healthy places for teachers and children. It is sensitive to the criticisms leveled at teacher education by observers such as Silberman and attempts to lead teachers to share in decision making, participate actively in learning, and become independent learners in their own right. During the workshop semester, up to 50 undergraduates join 15 or so graduate students in a series of learning experiences which have replaced the conventional methods and curriculum courses. These preservice teachers earn 18 hours of credit for participating in activity-oriented workshops in Multi-Arts, Math and Science, Language Arts and Reading, Curriculum Building, Social Studies, and Human Relations. Workshops are offered during two-and-a-half-hour blocks of time weekly. While learning activities vary widely (from lectures, to slide shows, to task groups, to finance committee meetings), all are competency based. The preservice teachers demonstrate their beginning competence during learning fairs, through projects, in peer teaching situations, and during their weekly field day experiences. Learning experiences are often integrated, and competencies overlap subject areas so that the preservice teacher can work toward several competencies concurrently. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. School of Education.