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ERIC Number: EJ1156630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Student Teaching within Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Programs: An Examination of Key Features across 2- And 4-Year Institutions
Sumrall, Teressa C.; Scott-Little, Catherine; La Paro, Karen M.; Pianta, Robert C.; Burchinal, Margaret; Hamre, Bridget; Downer, Jason; Howes, Carollee
Early Childhood Education Journal, v45 n6 p821-830 Nov 2017
Early childhood teacher preparation programs play a critical role in preparing teachers to work with young children, yet the field knows relatively little about how these programs carry out this important function. The culminating classroom-based experience, generally termed "student teaching," is an important component in teacher preparation. The current study presents descriptive data from a survey of 103, 2- and 4-year early childhood teacher preparation programs related to key features of student teaching in these programs, including field placement sites, criteria for cooperating teachers, and student requirements. Comparisons of 2- and 4-year programs show several areas of similarity as well as some differences, with 4-year programs generally requiring more intense student teaching experiences. The findings are discussed in terms of the different foci in for 2- and 4-year programs and suggest that additional effort to strengthen and perhaps establish some consistent expectations for student teaching experiences may be useful.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A060021