ERIC Number: ED235946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Studies in Teacher Education From Innovation to Stablization. Summary of the Symposium on Rural Education.
Oswald, Donna M.; And Others
According to an evaluation symposium, the David Thompson University Centre (University of Victoria) pilot program in rural education, which includes a 14-week early field experience designed to help education students understand the relationship between rural communities and their schools, is "substantial and outstanding." Faculty, students, field sponsors, and university and provisional education officials meeting to examine the program called for program stabilization beginning in 1983-84 in organization, pedagogy, and experience. Specifically, participants recommended maintaining the programs's size and field experience but improving the faculty balance between field and academic professionals, increasing professional development opportunities, developing long-range backing and funding, and improving public relations. Recognizing the problem of maintaining the quality of graduates during stabilization, participants recommended student preparation for rural living and enhancement of personal and professional skills. They also recommended strengthening the curriculum by developing students' abilities in organization, professional attitudes, and awareness of the characteristics of effective schools, and by instructing students in lesson planning, unit planning for multigraded classrooms, professional ethics, and current research. Finally, the program should provide students with both internal experiences (such as lack of privacy, job relief, or job security) and external experiences (such as climate, remoteness, and resource sparsity). (SB)
Descriptors: Education Majors, Field Experience Programs, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Pilot Projects, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Rural Education, Rural Environment, School Community Relationship, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Univ., Nelson (British Columbia). David Thompson Univ. Centre.