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Learning To Teach: The Lived Experience of Being an Intern in a Professional Development School

Gimbert, Belinda G 2001

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  • Title:
    Learning To Teach: The Lived Experience of Being an Intern in a Professional Development School
  • Author: Gimbert, Belinda G
  • Subjects: Higher Education ; Learning Strategies ; Teacher Role ; College School Cooperation ; Field Experience Programs ; Teaching Skills ; Elementary Secondary Education ; Teacher Student Relationship ; Teacher Knowledge ; Preservice Teacher Education ; Professional Development Schools ; Internship Programs ; Student Development
  • Description: This study explored the experiences of six preservice teachers who participated as interns in a Professional Development School (PDS), examining how they understood and made sense of their experience of learning teach in a PDS context. Researchers used a phenomenological case study with narrative inquiry, collecting data from interviews, field notes, documents, journals, and Web-based portfolios over 12 months. Analysis of the data indicated that interns portrayed learning to teach as two distinct yet connected processes: (1) learning about teaching and learning how to teach and (2) learning about how to be a teacher. Within these two processes, there were three main themes: unlocking practitioners' knowledge and skills, thinking and doing, and understanding how children think and learn. As respondents learned about how to be a teacher, six themes emerged: shaping a transitory teacher identity, negotiating the college student role and PDS intern role in the school-university partnership, building teacher expectations, establishing community relationships, fostering home and school relationships, and exploring ownership of the curriculum. (Contains 75 references.) (SM)
  • Creation Date: 2001
  • Language: English
  • Source: ERIC Full Text Only (Discovery)

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