ERIC Number: ED430938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Provider Proliferation: Progress or Problems for the Practicum? A Study of Teaching Practice in Times of Expansion.
This study examined the relationships between providers of primary and secondary teacher education and the schools with which they shared preservice training programs. The study addressed how schools and teachers were selected for the practicums; financial and training contributions made by providers to the schools; relationships between providers and practicum schools; perceived effects of the practicum experience; and comparison of results with results of research on traditional providers and the normal and model schools. Participants were 5 of 10 new teacher education providers and 18 diverse participating schools. Researchers conducted telephone interviews with school principals (or other chosen spokespersons) responsible for organizing the practicums. Results indicated that schools were selected to cover the entire spectrum. Most new providers paid the standard associate teachers' allowance per trainee. Most new providers had developed close relationships with their schools. All schools made positive comments about their relationships with new providers and mentioned the benefits to them from involvement with trainees. When comparing study data to data from normal and model schools, results showed that the advantages to providers of schools such as the normal schools outweigh any disadvantages to the providers. (Normal schools specifically receive funding, buildings, and additional staffing in order to provide practicums.) Many of the schools in this study lacked the advantages of designation and funding. Contains 17 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Practicums, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Student Teaching
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand