Analysis of an Ongoing, District-Wide Collaborative Approach to Teacher Education

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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  • 1 Purdue University
  • 2 Utah State University
  • 3 Lefler Middle School
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Collaboration among teacher educators and practicing teachers is currently a popular education reform strategy. Two matched undergraduate cohorts, one prepared in a Professional Development School (PDS) collaborative, were followed over a 5-year period to determine the benefits of one collaborative model. Qualitative data were collected across the 2 undergraduate groups (n = 8, n = 6), two cooperating teacher groups (n = 16, n = 12), two public school administrative groups (n = 4, n = 3), and one faculty group (graduate student n = 3, faculty n = 3). Observational data were also collected for each undergraduate cohort, representing practicum, student teaching, and inservice teaching. Qualitative data over the 5-year study period showed trends from apprehension to receptivity and recommitment to the teacher education process for all collaborative participants. While not directly attributable to the collaboration model alone, exposed undergraduates and their students also demonstrated marked changes in select daily practices correlated with effective instruction. Challenges and implications for research on collaborative activities are last discussed.

T. Sharpe is with the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Leisure Studies at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907. M.F. Lounsbery is with the Department of Health, Physical Education. Recreation, and Dance at Utah State University. Logan, UT 84322-7000. C. Golden and C. Deibler are with Lefler Middle School, Lincoln, NE 68523.