Student teaching is considered to be the single most powerful learning experience in teacher preparation. Although much has been made of its importance, surprisingly little research has been conducted specifically on student teaching, which some claim has remained unchanged for a century. Because student teaching is nearly universal in a field with wide-ranging practices even within a single institution of higher education, the possibility of modification in student teaching to lead reform in teacher preparation is quite strong. The authors present a history of student teaching, theory, practice, and policy; review the research literature, past and present; and present practical guidelines for reform that align with evidence.
Leah Wasburn-Moses is professor of educational psychology at Miami University.
Philo C. Wasburn was professor emeritus of sociology at Purdue University.
Chapter 1: Origins of Student Teaching
Chapter 2: Evolution of Student Teaching
Chapter 3: Student Teaching in the Post-Sputnik Era
Chapter 4: Current Context in Teacher Preparation
Chapter 5: Current Context in Student Teaching
Chapter 6: Comparison to Past Practice
Chapter 7: Innovation in Clinical Placement
Chapter 8: Principles for Practice
Chapter 9: First Steps
Chapter 10: Planning for Innovation
This book makes a highly significant contribution to the field of clinical experiences, student teaching, and teacher education. Since Johnson (1968) there has not been a book that has analysed student teaching with this level of detail and analysis. In particular, the insights in the latter half of the book capture many of the recent trends in field experiences and student teaching.