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ERIC Number: EJ877596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Strengthening Teacher Preparation over Time: A History of University of Hawai'i Teacher Education Programs, 1986-2003
Hitz, Randy; Walton, Frank
Educational Perspectives, v36 n1-2 p26-33 Spr 2004
In fall 2002, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM) Board of Regents approved a new structure for teacher education programs in the College of Education (COE). The new Institute for Teacher Education (ITE) provides coordinated oversight for four programs: the Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Secondary Education, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (PBCSE), and Master of Education in Teaching (MET). The ITE programs share important characteristics. All programs are field-based. Students spend one to two days per week working in school classrooms during the semesters leading up to full-time student teaching and teaching internship semesters. Field experiences, student teaching, and teaching internships are integrated with the university coursework required to complete each program. Assessment data collected from students, school administrators, and mentor teachers indicate positive response to ITE programs, which actively engage students, university faculty members, school-level mentor teachers, and administrators in collaborative efforts to prepare new teachers. The data also provide ongoing feedback for program improvement. These standards- and field-based teacher education programs, grounded in a shared vision for education, are a relatively new development in UHM's teacher preparation history. The purpose of this article is to trace the history of UHM's teacher education from 1986 through present day, noting the important movements and events that provided impetus for change, and to highlight the major challenges that lie ahead.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii