ERIC Number: EJ704657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-22
Reference Count: 10
Excellence in Teacher Preparation: Partners for Success
Hooks, Laura McDonald; Randolph, Linda
Childhood Education, v80 n5 p231 Sum 2004
While current literature identifies the characteristics of a successful professional development school (PDS)/university partnership, it is imperative for universities to consider the impact of clinical placements on the training and development of preservice teachers. What is missing from the literature are the views of the preservice teachers on these experiences. The research used for this article attempts to address this gap. The study gathered information from students who completed a junior block of five classes and embedded clinical experiences on-site at a quality PDS over the course of five years. The concept of Professional Development Schools, which springs from the work of the Holmes Group (1990), is in turn based on the medical training model developed by Flexner (1910) in the early years of the 20th century. Flexner incorporated Dewey's ideas about individuals needing experience and practice in order to develop understanding, thus enabling them to use their knowledge in new situations. With Dewey's (1904/1974) theory as a support base, Flexner designed a medical training model that utilized clinical experience as a means of learning.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Professional Development Schools, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina