ERIC Number: ED421455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting To Improve Methods Courses. Restructuring Texas Teacher Education Series 3.
Skoog, Gerald; Johnson, Margaret
This report describes teacher education programs, courses, and school-based experiences being collaboratively planned and implemented in Texas. The programs represent efforts to eliminate dissonance between what preservice teachers are prepared to do and what they are expected to do as student and inservice teachers. The report describes connections being made in professional development schools (PDSs), illustrating how to expand and overlap the individual circles of influence of preK-12 schools and higher education institutions to improve professional development for preservice and inservice teachers. Section 1 examines various types of collaborative models. Section 2 describes making connections through field-based methods courses, focusing on a model PDS, job-embedded learning, a field-based methods course, collaboration, and connections between courses and cohorts of preservice teachers. Section 3 describes connecting content and methods, connecting methods courses, and connecting with integrative curriculum. Section 4 explains connecting in the broader context (connecting with professional standards, connecting assessment with proficiencies, connecting with state guidelines and national standards, connecting with state and national reform initiatives, connecting with diverse students, connecting with the community and state standards, and establishing connections among Centers for Professional Development of Teachers). Section 5 discusses confronting challenges and complexities involved in making connections (scheduling blocks of courses and reorganizing barriers to university and preK-12 connections). Section 6 discusses the speed with which progress occurs. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, State Standards, Student Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Improvement
State Board for Educator Certification, 1001 Trinity, Austin, TX 78701 (whole series free with $5 handling and shipping).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Board for Educator Certification, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas