ERIC Number: ED098212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Education Learning Centers.
Maine Univ., Portland-Gorham. School of Education.
This paper describes the five teacher education learning centers developed by the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham to integrate theory and practice in teacher education, to shape responsibility for teacher preparation, to better utilize university and school resources, to provide inservice teacher education, and to extend individualized learning experiences for interns and children. Juniors and seniors spend an academic year in a center with their professional courses delivered on site. Concurrently, inservice courses, minicourses, graduate courses, and seminars are provided on site. Formal and informal evaluations of the center programs indicate the following: (a) interns manifest greater intrinsic motivation, greater transferability from theory to practice, more effective self-appraisal and positive self-image, a more pragmatic philosophy of education, and higher achievement in courses and (b) public school teachers, administrators, and university faculty benefit from the inservice programs, more open communication, and opportunities to exchange roles. This center-intern model is now being used in the review of state certification standards. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine Univ., Portland-Gorham. School of Education.