ERIC Number: ED241179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Resolving Student Teacher Staffing Difficulties in the Community College Laboratory Nursery School through Preservice Orientation Techniques.
For implementation prior to and during the first few weeks of field practice, a preservice orientation program was developed to provide student teachers with appropriate philosophical and practical information as well as affective/social support. Students were affiliated with a community college laboratory school and varied widely in ability. Goals of the practicum included facilitating smoother transitions in the laboratory school from semester to semester, lessening anxiety, increasing confidence, and increasing retention in the student teacher program. Planning methods included a survey of prior student teachers in the laboratory school and a survey of other California community colleges with early childhood education programs. The completed orientation program included a slide show presentation, provision of a folder of written materials, a tour, an introductory staff meeting, and 6 weeks of extended educational content and supportive social interaction. Students experiencing the orientation program found it useful and helpful and felt "better prepared" for field practice, but their reported anxiety levels were still high. In general, however, student retention and attendance were improved following the orientation program. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale. Center for the Advancement of Education.
Identifiers - Location: California