ERIC Number: ED354220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Reflection and Collaboration in the Practicum: The Mayfair Project. Monograph No. 14.
Barnett, Don C.; Bayne, E. Lynn
This paper describes a pilot project in which interns were clustered in an elementary school in Saskatchewan (Canada) to work in collaboration with the teaching staff toward school goals as well as internship goals. The role of the college supervisor was primarily one of supporter, problem-solver, resource provider, and idea stimulator. The working relationship between teacher and intern moved through three phases focusing on: (1) specific feedback based on technical data collection; (2) exploration of ideas and alternative approaches; and (3) interpretation and reflection. Reflective journal writing focusing on descriptive, analytical, and affective levels of reflection was on-going throughout the internship. Feedback indicated a positive perspective on the experience by both interns and teachers. Some adjustments for the three days of inservices were recommended, positive feelings for peer support and peer coaching ranged from very little to substantial, and suggestions for changes in another school undertaking a similar project were provided. The project concluded that a successful practicum is enhanced if the process is perceived within the framework of the total school program and a paradigm of collaboration and experimentation is established at the outset. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada