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ERIC Number: EJ1101752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Field-Based Internship Models for Alternative Certification of Science and Mathematics Teachers: Views of Interns, Mentors, and University Educators
Arbaugh, Fran; Abell, Sandra; Lannin, John; Volkmann, Mark; Boone, William
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v3 n3 p191-201 Aug 2007
In response to shortages of science and mathematics teachers in the U.S., many states have promoted alternative routes to certification in which individuals with non-education undergraduate degrees can become certificated in shorter timeframes than in traditional programs. One consideration in designing alternative programs is how to arrange field-based internships that help provide transformative pathways to non-traditional students in becoming a teacher. The purpose of this study was to understand the views of interns, their mentor teachers, and university personnel who participated in one alternative certification program regarding the best structures for field experiences. Through an analysis of artifacts collected in a meeting where we discussed the pros and cons of five different internship models as well as interviews with individuals in each stakeholder group, we were able to understand the various viewpoints. We found that, although perspectives were consistent within each group, they differed across the three groups. These differences were grounded in the personal needs and experiences of each group. Although our findings point to no "perfect" internship model to support the transformation of alternative certification students into teachers, they have implications for the design and enactment of field-based internships in such programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
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