ERIC Number: ED223573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Student Teacher: Asset or Liability? An Assessment of Present Practice and Recommendations for the Future.
Differences of perspective exist between the school and the university in terms of all the elements of the teacher training program. From the public school point of view, the teacher training institution makes the decisions about student teaching, and the public schools carry them out. The university viewpoint is often that public school personnel are too caught up in day-to-day operation to give adequate thought or attention to broader, more philosophical concerns. These differing perceptions form a block to effective collaboration between public school personnel and teacher education faculty. A survey of college and public school personnel involved in student teaching elicited their feelings about the advantages and disadvantages of having student teachers in the classroom, characteristics of good student teachers, and knowledge and skills student teachers should have. An alternative training program, which could help in increasing the advantages, good teacher characteristics, and teaching knowledge and skills, would feature: (1) a plan for total collaboration and management including jointly appointed college and public school personnel who would plan for, implement, monitor, and evaluate the program from selection to certification; (2) a curriculum having the four major dimensions of educational problem-solving, essential communication skills, strategies for working in and changing educational organizations, and content mastery; and (3) an expanded time frame to include, at minimum, a fifth year of preparation. (JD)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Cooperating Teachers, Cooperative Planning, Higher Education, Leadership Responsibility, Participative Decision Making, Preservice Teacher Education, Problem Solving, Professional Recognition, School Districts, School Role, Student Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators, Teamwork
Not available separately; see SP 021 333.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Griffin, Gary A., Ed. and Edwards, Sara, Ed. Student Teaching: Problems and Promising Practices. (Proceedings of a Working Conference.) Texas, Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, Jan 1982. p25-56.