ERIC Number: ED468432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Studies of Excellence in Teacher Education: Preparation in the Undergraduate Years.
Zeichner, Kenneth; Miller, Lynne; Silvernail, David
This book presents case studies of two highly successful teacher education programs. It is part of a three-volume series that includes seven case studies. The book documents the goals, strategies, content, and processes of teacher education programs that are widely acknowledged as exemplars for preparing prospective teachers to engage in skillful, learner-centered practice. Using observations, interviews, and surveys, researchers examined all aspects of each program of study and clinical practice. The book documents the capabilities of prospective teachers who graduate from these programs by focusing on the teachers' own work during teacher education and in the field, interviews with faculty and administrators in the schools where graduates teach, and surveys of principals. The book also examines what policies, organizational features, resources, and relationships have enabled these programs to succeed. Some of the programs' common features include a clear, shared vision of good teaching; well-defined standards of practice and performance; extended clinical experiences; and extensive use of case study, teacher research, performance assessment, and portfolio evaluation. The two case studies are "Ability-Based Teacher Education: Elementary Teacher Education at Alverno College" (Kenneth Zeichner) and "Learning to Become a Teacher: The Wheelock Way" (Lynn Miller and David Silvernail). (Papers contains references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Teachers, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.; National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, New York, NY.