ERIC Number: ED391869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
An Innovative Strategy for Support of Student Teachers in Secondary Urban Schools: A Description of an Exploratory Project.
Matus, Don E.
The inadequate preparation of urban teachers contributes to the high rate of teacher attrition in city schools. This paper describes an attempt to alleviate the rapid turnover of urban teachers through a project that helped secondary urban student teachers become effective. In the spring semester of 1993, a teacher educator, an Urban Practicum Advisor (UPA), led seminars and worked with one male and six female student teachers. The UPA was a consultant and support person and served as an adjunct to each student teaching triad of student teacher, secondary school, and school of education. Seminars throughout the semester focused on classroom management techniques. Cooperating teachers found these student teachers to be effective classroom managers, and student teachers appreciated the work of the UPA and found the program helpful. Students also appreciated that their relationships with the UPA were volitional and free of organizational demands for evaluation or supervision. All participants felt that the UPA provided a wider variety of methods and techniques for dealing with issues of urban classroom management than did their college supervisors. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization (Portsmouth, NH, May 1995).