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ERIC Number: ED378177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-30
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Cohort Placement of Teacher Interns in Public Schools.
Roebuck, Johnnie J.; And Others
Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, launched a collaborative partnership effort with four public school districts in an effort to refine existing teacher education methods and explore alternative methods. Student teachers were called "teacher interns," which generated an increased professional attitude from both the "interns" themselves and public school students. Each intern was placed with both an upper and lower grade level teacher. Students were placed in cohort groups at the school site, to create a supportive learning environment and reduce interns' feelings of isolation. Each cohort group met weekly to discuss topics of the interns' choice. Cohort group members noted the value of having a support group of peers, and university supervisors felt that cohorts grew professionally as a result of the meetings. To enhance communication between the university and the districts, articulation sessions were scheduled each semester, involving various combinations of university faculty, school personnel, and interns. Suggestions offered at these sessions helped to improve the teacher education program and school district procedures. A pre-internship orientation session was also developed, where interns met with administrators and cooperating teachers; these sessions eased the anxiety that interns experience before they actually begin their internships. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A