ERIC Number: ED117103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary Teacher Education at Utah State University, SODIA.
Utah State Univ., Logan.
The Utah State University Elementary Teacher Education Program, SODIA, is multicultural, performance-based, field-centered, and utilizes portal schools as partners in the teacher education program. It is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program utilizing staff from the Departments of Psychology, Special Education, and Family and Child Development, who work in conjunction with the Department of Elementary Education. These university faculty members work in an integrated program with teachers and principals of 12 portal schools and the Utah State University Edith Bowen Elementary Teacher Education Laboratory School. The acronym SODIA represents the first letter of each of the key words, "self,""others,""disciplines,""implementation," and "associate," which describe the major focus of each of the five levels of the program. Each level involves experiences on-site in the public schools. The following three major dimensions of competencies have been identified for professional teachers: (1) personal relations, (2) teaching skills, and (3) subject knowledge. These dimensions form the base for instruction at each level, and evaluation of SODIA is based on each student's performance toward reaching a level of competence in these dimensions. The portfolio method is used in which the student assumes primary responsibility for presenting evidence of his/her competency. (Author/BD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan.