ERIC Number: ED200551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
The Team Concept: A Structure for Unifying the Knowledge Base in Professional Teacher Preparation.
Branch, Jan; And Others
The coordination of education faculty in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental teams to supervise teacher education programs unifies the knowledge base in professional teacher preparation. At Miami University, twelve teams are responsible for the professional education instructional component of teacher education programs. Through the team concept, field-based components are interrelated, teacher education becomes interdisciplinary, students participate in planning their own programs, and teacher educators become more knowledgeable about their own specialty area in relation to all other specialty areas in professional preparation. The team concept is described in this paper, and an overview of the structure is given. Descriptions are provided of how the teams work from the perspectives of psychological, social, and philosophical foundations of education disciplines. The program and sequences of courses supervised by an interdisciplinary team are outlined for several typical education majors. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Detroit, MI, February, 1981).