ERIC Number: ED455240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Building & Assessing School Partnerships: The Wright State Model.
Cole, Donna J.; Ryan, Charles W.
This paper describes a process model for evaluating school-university partnerships. It presents one university's inter-collegial collaboration model for teacher content preparation, explains a process for documenting content and teaching proficiency via an electronic portfolio, and presents the evaluation process used in a multifaceted renewal project. Data collection involved observation of participants at advisory group meetings; content analysis of archival material (e.g., minutes and logs); focus group interviews with teachers, school administrators, university faculty, and interns; and surveys of intact groups of teachers, administrators, and interns. Results indicated that there was strong support for the renewal of teacher education and strengthening of partnerships with public schools. Participants considered it an enriching experience for beginning teachers. While there were minor concerns regarding administrative structure and governance, there was significant support for related renewal activities such as the internship program and use of advisory councils with partner schools. Student teachers' PRAXIS-based electronic portfolios demonstrated teaching proficiency and visually displayed their commitment to teaching and making a difference in students' lives. It was concluded that the model developed to assess this renewal effort could be used at other sites seeking to evaluate multi-institution collaboratives. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Partnerships in Education, Portfolio Assessment, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
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