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ERIC Number: EJ1137668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1934-9726
At the Crossroads of Clinical Practice and Teacher Leadership: A Changing Paradigm for Professional Practice
Sawyer, Richard D.; Neel, Michael; Coulter, Matthew
International Journal of Teacher Leadership, v7 n1 p17-36 Spr 2016
This paper examines the endemic separation between K-12 schools and colleges of education in teacher preparation. Specifically, we examine a new approach related to the promise of clinical practice--a clinical practice program that overlaps a public high school, a graduate-level teacher preparation program, and a professional practice doctoral program. In this program, clinical practitioners are public high school teachers as well as instructors in a teacher preparation program and doctoral students at the same university. In order to examine easily overlooked aspects of this arrangement, we draw from third-space theory to examine cultural practices within this program from the perspectives of the teaching interns and the clinical practitioners. We operationalized these phenomena by examining creativity in thinking, transformations in practice, and reflection/reflexivity. The clinical practitioners benefited from creating a laboratory of practice within which they learned from the teaching interns, the students preparing to become teachers. The interns benefited from a growth in adaptive expertise within a laboratory of practice and development of teacher professionalism grounded in practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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