ERIC Number: ED317550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Impact of the Teacher Apprenticeship Program.
The Teacher Apprenticeship Program of the North York (Ontario) schools was evaluated. The program provided practical classroom experiences for applicants to the Faculty of Education of the University of Toronto who were academically acceptable, but lacked sufficient experience with children to qualify for admittance in 1988-89. Apprentices worked in classrooms five mornings a week under the supervision of mentor teachers. The evaluation gathered information on program implementation in each class and considered the responsibilities of apprentices and the roles of administrators in the program. Program impact and benefits were assessed through interviews with 17 of the 19 apprentices, 16 of the 19 mentor teachers, and 8 of the 10 principals in the sample. In general, apprentices were less likely than were student teachers to have specific assignments and undergo formal evaluation. Most of the apprentices indicated that the program helped them confirm their career decisions. All but two apprentices acknowledged difficulties with the program, most centering around its timing or duration. Teachers and principals acknowledged the presence of extra help in the classroom as an advantage of the program. All apprentices and principals, and all but one of the mentor teachers, thought that the program should continue. Many specific recommendations were made to enhance the continuation. The teacher apprenticeship program evaluation instruments are appended. (SLD)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Classrooms, Education Majors, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Foreign Countries, Mentors, Preservice Teacher Education, Principals, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Teacher Aides, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North York Board of Education, Willowdale (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada