ERIC Number: ED317543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-15
Reference Count: N/A
Mentor Teacher Project Program Assessment Report. A Final Report.
Roth, Kathleen Johnson; And Others
The Mentor Teacher Project, initiated in 1985, involved the development and implementation of a new field component into the Academic Learning Teacher Education Program at Michigan State University. The field component, piloted with the Academic Learning students in the class of 1987, was subsequently revised and its impact on the class of 1988 students was studied. This final report of the project describes findings from the study. The first sections of the report describe the study as a whole, including the major questions addressed, the Academic Learning Program and its mentor teacher field component, the sample population, and the research methodology. The longest section of the report presents key findings about the ways in which prospective teachers' understandings in the four areas identified in the major research questions changed over time; these areas concern: (1) learning; (2) planning and teaching; (3) the subject matter knowledge needed to teach; and (4) the process of learning to teach and the importance of reflection. Two final sections discuss, respectively, the mentor teacher/faculty collaborative process and major issues that the program is continuing to explore as an outgrowth of the Mentor Teacher Program. Seven separately bound appendices contain: interview protocols for case study students, mentor teachers, and student teaching observers; student teacher and mentor questionnaires; guidelines for observing case study students; and student assignment sheets describing the 1986-1988 set of field tasks. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.