ERIC Number: ED304425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Using Research on Teaching Excellence to Re-model Teacher Education.
Grippin, Pauline C.
The literature on teacher education indicates that cooperating teachers are significant persons in the professional training of teachers, that student teachers are reinforced for reproducing the kinds of teaching styles they most often experience as students. This paper suggests a model of teacher training that identifies practicing outstanding teachers and utilizes them and their skills throughout the training process. It is proposed that videotapes of outstanding teachers in the classroom, as they plan curricula, as they interact with students, etc. become integral parts of the educational psychology courses and generic methods courses in the school of education curriculum. A review of literature on effective teaching gives a clear profile of the characteristics of an outstanding teacher who would be an excellent role model for beginning teachers. Four categories of qualifications emerge from this review: (1) minimum qualifications; (2) effective instruction, encompassing skills in classroom management and instructional techniques; (3) educational maturity; and (4) extraordinary service and skills. Using criteria establshed on the basis of these categories, outstanding practicing teachers can be identified and invited to participate in teacher training programs. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Savannah, GA, February 1989).