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ERIC Number: EJ1084839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0196-786X
Moving from Traditional Teacher Education to a Field-Based Urban Teacher Education Program: One Program's Story of Reform
Waddell, Jennifer; Vartuli, Sue
Professional Educator, v39 n2 Fall 2015
In recent years, teacher education has been charged with reforming programs to better align curriculum, clinical practice, and accountability. The sense of urgency for reform has been heightened by competition from alternative routes to teaching that jump straight to practice, often criticized for foregoing essential knowledge and theory. This paper details one institution's journey of reforming its early childhood and elementary programs toward practice-based teacher education. Reform efforts have been guided by a clear theoretical framework and philosophical stance and include careful alignment of curriculum and clinical practice, increased partnerships with local schools, and a focus on accountability and program integrity. The focus is on answers to practical questions regarding the application of theory in a field-based teacher education model and is intended to support other programs in their own journey of reform.
Truman Pierce Institute. 108 Ramsay Building, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5218. Tel: 334-844-4488; Fax: 334-844-5785; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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