ERIC Number: ED308155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-29
The University of Arizona Cooperating Teacher Project. Final Report: Project Portrayal; Program Assessment Report; Practice Profile.
Arizona Univ., Tucson. Coll. of Education.
A description is given of a 3-year project to improve the student teaching component of the teacher education program at the University of Arizona. The project focused on the improvement of selection and training of cooperating teachers and the development of a qualified corps of clinical faculty. Close collaboration between the college and the school necessary to the project was accomplished through a task force of collaborators from each institution. The task force addressed two salient problems: (1) the haphazard selection procedures for cooperating teachers; and (2) nonexistent or inadequate training for the role of cooperating teacher. Better selection procedures were developed and a university course designed specifically for helping cooperating teachers prepare for work with student teachers was initiated. By reorganizing the student teaching component under one office, efforts focused on developing well-defined procedures to cover several important aspects of student teaching: (1) application for student teaching; (2) eligibility; and (3) agreement between coperating teacher and student teacher. The first section of this report describes the development and implementation of the project. Section 2 provides an assessment report describing major questions, methodology, and results for each major objective of the project. A practice profile is included outlining ideal, acceptable, and unacceptable practices for the project. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Coll. of Education.