ERIC Number: ED319732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Establishing Clinical Training Sites: Rationale, Benefits and Perspective.
James, Terry L.; And Others
Memphis State University has designed a model for improving the student teaching experience that utilizes selected public schools as clinical training sites. These sites differ in terms of community setting, socioeconomic characteristics of students, and grade levels taught. The sites provide an opportunity for student teachers to work in diverse settings. Six elementary schools chosen as clinical training sites represent urban and suburban systems. Two of the schools are racially balanced, located in middle-income areas, but also serving students from very low-income families. A third school is over 95 percent minority and located in a low middle-income residential area. The fourth is an inner city school, 100 percent minority, serving low-income students from public housing projects. One suburban school is located in an affluent community, and the second serves a community ranging from low-middle to upper-middle socioeconomic status. Many student teachers complete experiences in two sites. This paper discusses three areas of the initiative: the factors contributing to establishing these clinical training sites, observed trends and preliminary findings, and perspectives on the model. (JD)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Cooperating Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Models, Site Selection, Socioeconomic Status, Student Characteristics, Student Placement, Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teaching, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Eduators (70th, Las Vegas, NV, February 5-8, 1990).