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ERIC Number: ED503165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-6
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Teacher Preparation beyond the Four Walls: What Clinical Experience does to Candidates
Gentry, Ruben
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Reaching Out to Mississippi Education in Action (ROMEA) Conference, Delta State University (4th, Cleveland, MS, Oct 6, 2008)
Now may be a fine time for professors to ponder the number of hearts that are touched or the number of lives that are changed as a result of the various aspects of their teaching. Typically, at the beginning of the semester professors disseminate to their teacher education candidates a course syllabus delineating the nature of the course and evaluation criteria. The syllabus reads something like a cooking recipe: chapter quizzes 20%, class presentation 15%, research paper 15%, mid term and final exams 15% each, class attendance and participation 10% and field-based clinical experience (including portfolio development) 10%. An obtained 90% average across all criteria amounts to an "A" for the course. Everyone is now off to the races for the semester. But as the end nears, which criteria are proclaimed by the candidates as the one(s) that helped them to know whether or not teaching is really for them? In teacher preparation, lectures and examinations have their place in developing a knowledge base, but they may not do much at helping students connect to the real world of teaching. This presentation points out that the multi-faceted teacher preparation efforts between the 4 hallowed walls of the university have their place in producing a quality teacher. However, for students to get a true feeling for the career upon which they are embarking, field-based clinical experience perhaps has unrealized potential. It discusses the crucial aspects of teacher preparation and highlights what candidates are having to say about their field-based clinical experience. (Contains 3 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi