ERIC Number: ED330654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-28
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Increasing Collaboration and Professional Knowledge through Course Development: The Form Fits the Function.
Merseth, Katherine K.; Sandholtz, Judith H.
The Comprehensive Teacher Education Institute (CTEI) is a collaborative venture between the University of California (Riverside) and the Jurupa Unified School District whose goal is to improve the education of prospective teachers and increase the professional knowledge and personal esteem of experienced practitioners. In an effort to enhance the supervision of prospective teachers, CTEI developed and offered a course in supervision which stressed both theoretical models and practical applications of supervision. Participants in the course included school teachers and administrators, graduate students, and college faculty, all of whom were involved in the supervision of student teachers. A study was conducted to examine the extent to which the course increased the knowledge of university and school site personnel in the field of supervision and fostered extensive communication among diverse participants. The investigation drew from four sources of data: surveys administered during and at the conclusion of the course, course evaluations, interviews with student teachers, and informal observations. Findings show that: the course incorporated a model of shared leadership which appeared to increase levels of collegiality and respect; the course organization illuminated and reinforced the power of diversity; and the course structure offered an opportunity to recognize and legitimize the knowledge of practitioners. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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