ERIC Number: ED124514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Centers in Texas: The State of the Scene. School Based Teacher Educators, Number 4.
Hall, Gene; Loucks, Sue
This study represents the first portion of a two-year program designed to gather baseline data indicating the present state of teacher centering in Texas. The questionnaire designed for the survey focused on three areas: (1) the organization and workings of the teacher center; (2) the communication paths and media within and between teacher centers; and (3) the training and credentialing of school-based personnel who work with preservice and inservice teachers. In order to select a representative sample to respond to the questionnaire, the sixty-four teacher center contact persons designated by the Texas Education Agency were asked to nominate ten individuals. As a result, 513 questionnaires were mailed. Of these, 294 were returned. In terms of the findings of the study, teacher centers are dealing primarily with three areas: (1) procedures and practices related to student teaching, assignment of student teachers, and selection of inservice cooperating teachers; (2) undergraduate program designed to gather preparation programs; and (3) inservice-oriented staff development. Contact between teacher centers appears to be infrequent. Only 38 percent of the sample reported contact with another teacher center; 6 percent reported contact with as many as four. An issue of prime concern to teacher centers is the selection, training, and credentialing of individuals who work in the schools with preservice teachers. The large majority of teacher centers are involved in training supervising teachers. This is an important area that would profit greatly by communication among the centers. (DMT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Houston Univ., Texas. Teacher Center.
Identifiers - Location: Texas