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ERIC Number: EJ852999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
In Partnership: Classroom Teachers and University Professors Working Together to Prepare Future Teachers
Pohan, Cathy
Issues in Teacher Education, v12 n2 p3-15 Fall 2003
Teacher education in California is currently under attack. Politicians and the general public have lost confidence in the entire educational system. While some critics argue that too many credential courses are required, the majority seem to criticize Colleges of Education for simply failing to produce quality teachers. One question asked by both teacher educators and critics of education is, "How do we ensure that the next generation of teachers will be adequately prepared to face the challenges of teaching in the 21st Century?" In a recent U.S. government report (1998) entitled "Promising Practices: New Ways to Improve Teacher Quality," professional development schools (PDSs) were identified as one of the most promising efforts to improve teacher education programs. Although, PDSs come in all shapes and sizes, with varying levels of collaboration between school and university, two common threads running through all such partnerships are a commitment to collaborative decision-making regarding the curriculum and the development of authentic and meaningful learning experiences for teacher candidates. Recent studies indicate that graduates of professional development schools learn better and outperform peers who have graduated from traditional teacher preparation programs. In this article, the author describes how one school-university partnership, for which she is the university liaison, is working collaboratively to prepare high caliber teachers. The author subsequently provides evaluative evidence from program graduates and district personnel to support the value and effectiveness of this unique teacher preparation program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California