ERIC Number: ED365672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Monitoring the Pilot: The Moray House Institute PGCE (Secondary).
Powney, Janet; And Others
In Spring 1992, the Scottish Ofice Education Department invited Moray House Institute of Education to test the feasibility of a more school-based approach to teacher training. In this PGCE (Secondary) course, students increased the amount of time in school. The increase in time was accompanied by other changes in the organisation of placements and the support provided for students. The main feature of the support was the introduction of mentors, teachers who would have special responsibility, and time allocated, for supporting students. Three regional educational authorities in the east of Scotland, 10 schools and nearly 100 students took part. The study aimed to monitor the views of students, school and college staff in the following areas: the extended period of school experience; the balance and partnership between colleges, schools, and regional education authorities; mentor preparation and what it was like to be a mentor; organizational structures necessary to support the changes; and resource implications. Surveys were complemented by school case-studies, interviews, and group discussions. Some of the findings were: (1) in general, students, school and college staff, and other key informants favored the increase in time for school placements; and (2) they recognized the benefits for the pilot students and from the longer period spent in the pilot school. Among the benefits were: pilot students seemed more confident and more integrated into the school staff than their counterparts in previous years; and the students enjoyed what they described as a realistic experience of teaching long enough in the same school to see the effects of instruction. Mentors experienced satisfaction in being more involved in students' development. Four appendixes provide names of the monitoring project advisory committee, the general context for the monitoring project, technical data, and a bibliography. (LL)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Demonstration Programs, Education Courses, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Mentors, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)