ERIC Number: ED327487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-2
An Unfulfilled Alliance. The Lab School in Teacher Education: Two Case Studies, 1910-1980.
Levin, Robert A.
Case studies of two laboratory shools, one operated by the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania--Falk Elementary) and one by Keene State College (New Hampshire--Wheelock Elementary), revealed three categories of problems that have made the university/laboratory school alliance an unfulfilled one. The first set of problems relates to the lab schools' teacher education function. The two schools were unable to meet the observation and training requirements of their universities' education programs. Related concerns included the appropriateness of training teachers in a "rarefied" atmosphere. Organizational disjunctures among different departments and programs in the education schools comprised the second group of problems. The third cluster of problems arose due to the divergent professional priorities, reward structures, and modes of operation among researchers, education professors, and the laboratory school faculty. Findings confirm that, like other laboratory schools, the two schools studied have remained largely uninvolved in conducting or assessing research. Although evidence suggests that laboratory schools have been in decline for several decades, a genuine elementary school/education school alliance holds great potential if incorporated into a renewed teacher education program. Such a program was carried out for 7 years in Pittsburgh and involved the Falk laboratory school in a collaborative professional development school for simultaneous preservice and inservice training. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the History of Education Society (Atlanta, GA, November 2, 1990).