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ERIC Number: ED222453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Junior Block: A Field-Oriented Curriculum Design for the Blending of Theory and Application in Elementary Teacher Education.
Schivley, Warren; And Others
An effective junior-year student teaching program in elementary education was designed that combines application of theory learned in methods courses with practical school experience. The objective was to prepare education majors for student teaching and to give them an opportunity to evaluate themselves and the prospects of a teaching career. Students attend methods classes for the first 5 weeks of the semester to build teaching skills. During the last 10 weeks of the semester, students teach elementary school students 2 days a week and attend campus courses the last 3 days of each week. They are required to teach reading, social studies, and science to both large and small groups of children. All field work is supervised by college instructors and cooperating school teachers who volunteer for the program. The program depends upon the cooperative efforts among the university faculty and the public school teachers who take part in the program. One important factor in the success of the program has been the direct involvement of teachers and supervisors in planning and implementing the program and the incorporation of teachers' suggestions into the program. Student responses to the design and content of the program have been overwhelmingly favorable. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A