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ERIC Number: EJ1153393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Tapping the Experts in Effective Practices: Students as Educators in Middle Grades Professional Development
Downes, John M.; Bishop, Penny A.; Nagle, James F.
Middle School Journal, v48 n4 p27-35 2017
Although middle grades proponents call for specialist teacher preparation, and often herald student voice as critical to successful middle grades programs, young adolescents are rarely provided a role in teacher education. In this article, we explore the potential of student involvement in middle grades teacher education. We first briefly examine the benefits of student involvement in teacher education in general. Next, we describe the context of a summer professional development institute in which young adolescents assist and support the development of teachers, outlining the methods we used to examine our practices. Then, we share teachers' and students' perceptions of the model, highlighting specific approaches and promising practices. Finally, we offer recommendations and remaining questions for integrating students into middle grades teacher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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