ERIC Number: ED442638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Integrating Field Experience and Classroom Discussions: Vignettes as Vehicles for Reflection.
Volkmann, Mark J.
Introduction to Education is the first course students take in the teacher preparation program at Purdue University. It provides an opportunity for students to experience teaching early in their teacher education program. The course consists of a field-based and a campus-based component. The field-based component consists of 10 observations of a local teacher's classroom over the course of a semester with the student assisting and participating as a teacher. The campus-based component addresses the theoretical aspects of learning to teach. Historically, the practical field-based component was dissociated from the theoretical campus-based component. The practical lessons encountered in the privacy of local classrooms were difficult to incorporate into the public space of the campus-based discussion. The practical quality of the field experience juxtaposed against the theoretical quality of the campus discussion resulted in poor student evaluations, indicating that the theoretical discussion lacked relevance. This paper reflects on the experiences of a new visiting assistant professor coordinating the course. (Contains 18 references.) (CCM)
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