ERIC Number: ED128300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Student Teaching: First Course in Teacher Education? Teacher Education Forum; Volume 4, Number 5.
Tom, Alan R.
This discussion is based on the assumption that current practice in teacher education is not working very well, but that teacher education programs can be considerably improved with some relatively minor changes. It is important that solutions for the problems identify critical weaknesses in current practice that can be overcome with relatively modest and inexpensive reforms. Chief among suggested recommendations is one for earlier field experience. Different but related reasons for implementing classroom practice very early in the training process are: (1) to develop a base of concrete perceptual images of classroom life on which later theoretical knowledge can be built; (2) to accelerate the passage through the developmental stages of teacher concerns; (3) to help the novice decide early whether he wants to be a teacher, and (4) to reduce the number of functions student teaching is expected to fulfill. It is stated that early practice should be an intense and realistic experience recognizing the limitations of the student teacher and the functions he can be expected to perform. The chief drawbacks to early teaching experience seem to be the lack of a model of a good teacher and the danger of adopting an apprenticeship program. (JMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational Personnel Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Education.
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