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ERIC Number: EJ872281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Preservice Teacher Institute: Developing a Model Learning Community for Student Teachers
Kent, Andrea M.; Simpson, Jennifer L.
College Student Journal, v43 n2 p695-704 Jun 2009
The Preservice Teacher Institute (PTI) is a budding learning community designed to provide mentoring and support for senior elementary education undergraduate candidates. This program is an effective paradigm for mentoring and inducting new teachers into the profession. PTI is a two-semester program. The first semester is restricted to candidates who are enrolled in student teaching for elementary majors. As traditional student teachers, these candidates engage in clinical field experiences for five days each week, following the schedule of their classroom teacher. PTI candidates and faculty members volunteer for this non-credit seminar that meets for two hours on alternating weeks during the student teaching semester. During the second semester, the summer following the student teaching semester, the candidates have the opportunity to enroll in a 3-hour graduate class that is a follow-up to the seminars that are conducted during student teaching. Candidates that elect to participate in PTI develop into a learning community that bridges the gap between theory and practice. (Contains 3 tables.)
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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