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ERIC Number: ED340666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
[Rural Teacher Education Improvement Project.]
Spuhler, Lee
The 39-month Rural Teacher Education Improvement Project at Western Montana College addressed the critical problem of teacher shortage in Montana, a predominately rural state. The goal was to develop and demonstrate a curriculum that would prepare teachers for rural/small schools. The following components of the training model have been institutionalized: (1) the development of a new curriculum to train teachers for rural/small schools; (2) establishment of laboratory sites throughout Montana for field experience in rural/small schools; and (3) the establishment of a sophomore exploratory field experience and a junior professional block field experience. Significant findings show that teachers and administrators at field experience sites are more supportive and effective when they have participated with college instructors in identifying the tasks students are expected to complete at the field sites. Three field and block experience task manuals, "Exploratory Field Experience Task Manual,""Professional Field Experience Secondary Student Manual," and "Professional Field Experience Elementary Student Manual," have been developed. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Montana Coll., Dillon.