ERIC Number: ED223576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Student Teaching as Human Project: Pursuing Possibility in Schools.
The arts and the cultivation of informed awareness should play a more central role in classroom life than they do, and student teachers should be empowered to make this, to some degree, possible. Student teachers have to be able to spend time thinking through what a rational explanation actually means, even as they have to understand what conceptualizing means, as well as critical dialogue. While there is a belief that student teachers have, above all, to be trained for accommodation and proficiency, and survival within the system, the school's primary function is still to teach people to think, to choose, and to find themselves. Student teachers should have the experience of opening their own perspective, making connections, and reflecting upon what happens when they do this. To organize experience this way, and to do so reflectively, is to have more power over it, to see more and be more fully in touch. Student teachers should be enabled to create the kinds of situations that provoke students to reach beyond themselves--to become so concerned about posing questions, seeking answers, and working things out that they cannot but act on their own initiatives--and in time become their own teachers. (JD)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Values, Change Agents, Cognitive Style, Creative Thinking, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Humanistic Education, Learning Processes, Liberal Arts, Preservice Teacher Education, Self Actualization, Student Teaching
Not available separately; see SP 021 333.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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. p85-105.