ERIC Number: ED098219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Western State College's Teacher Education Center, WES.C.T.E.C.
California State Coll., PA. School of Education.
Five western Pennsylvania state colleges developed a consortium agreement, WES.C.T.E.C. (Western State College's Teacher Education Center), to operate a teaching center at the district's Centennial Elementary School. The purpose of the teaching center was to involve elementary education students in a year-long field experience in which methodology courses (teaching of reading, language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics) were combined with field experiences and student teaching. Methodology courses were organized by subject-matter specialists from each of the five colleges, and continuing efforts were made to correlate concepts presented in the seminars to corresponding competency needs of the classroom. The student field-experience activities were organized on a progressive scale. They began with observations, then teacher-aide activities; proceeded to tutorial activities and small-group teaching sessions; and finally evolved into full teaching functions. Each student was assigned to six different classrooms during the school year. The first assignment was concerned with nonstudent teaching experiences, and the second through the sixth assignments were progressively concerned with student teaching responsibilities. The college students assembled for biweekly practicums which focused on methodology and content. Feedback was obtained from the student at seminars and practicums and from student surveys and interviews. (Author/JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Coll., PA. School of Education.