ERIC Number: ED428181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Student Teaching in Agricultural Education.
Camp, William G.; Bailey, Bobbi Fry
The nature, structure, and scope of student teaching in agricultural education as practiced, supervised, and evaluated in the United States today was examined through a survey of all 80 U.S. agricultural teacher education programs. Responses were obtained from 73 (91%) of the programs. The responding teacher education institutions exhibited great variability in terms of how student teaching is organized, how long it lasts, what is required of students teachers, how the experience is organized, and how it is assessed. A limited number of programs provided intensive, planned, outside experiences in related areas such as extension. All programs used some sort of planning documentation. Many programs used course syllabi as a structuring document. In a slightly larger number of programs, a cooperating teacher manual was provided. The vast majority of programs provided a student teaching manual. The criteria used to select cooperating teachers varied widely. Most of the criteria appeared to be rather arbitrary on the teacher education facility's part. Little formal training was being provided on the cooperating teacher's role or the procedure for supervising students. Overall, student teaching in agricultural education was based more on the apprenticeship model than on the clinical approach advocated by educational theorists such as Dewey. (Contains 18 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Apprenticeships, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Secondary Education, Student Teacher Evaluation, Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teaching, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (New Orleans, LA, December 10-13, 1998).