ERIC Number: EJ1022193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Teacher Involvement in Pre-Service Teacher Education
Mason, Kevin O.
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v19 n5 p559-574 2013
Many researchers in the field of teacher education have proposed the formation of partnerships between teachers and teacher educators, without explicitly stating what additional roles teachers might play in the teacher preparation process. This article describes how some pre-service teacher education programmes have increased the involvement of in-service teachers and examines teachers' willingness to become more involved in pre-service teacher education. This article focuses on two research questions. In what ways have in-service teachers been involved in pre-service teacher education, beyond the traditional role of the cooperating teacher? What are in-service teachers' views on teacher involvement in pre-service teacher education and are they willing to become more involved? The research literature provides numerous international examples of universities that have implemented strategies and programmes that involve in-service teachers in pre-service teacher education in a variety of innovative ways. These include involving in-service teachers in programme development and teaching in pre-service teacher education. A survey instrument was developed to ask in-service teachers about teacher involvement in pre-service teacher education, including their willingness to become more involved. The results of the survey indicated that most teachers would consider becoming more involved, if given the opportunity to attend regular meetings, guest teach, teach part-time, teach full-time or participate in teacher-faculty exchanges. The results of this survey have implications for teacher educators in other countries who might be considering expanding the role of in-service teachers in pre-service teacher education.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Partnerships in Education, Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Cooperating Teachers, Cooperation, Teacher Role, Mentors, Educational Change, Program Design, Correlation, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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