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dc.contributor.authorWare, Rebecca A.en_US
dc.description.abstract Rebecca Ware ETD Abstract

The professional development school (PDS) has had a recent resurgence in teacher education. Professional development schools were designed to reform teacher education programs and revitalize K-12 education. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a professional development school: The School Teacher Education Partnership (STEP) at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). STEP is a partnership between Elizabeth City State University and one elementary school in each of three participating school districts -- Edenton-Chowan, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, and Gates -- in North Carolina.

The study took place over two years. Participants from the 1998-2001 school years were the primary informants. Data were collected through extended interviews. Documentary data and end-of-the-year qualitative evaluations were used to substantiate interview data. The constant comparative method of Maykut & Morehouse (1994) was used to analyze the data. Data were unitized, coded, grouped, categorized, and compared for patterns and themes.

The results of this evaluation were strong enough to recommend that a year-long internship be required for all prospective teachers at the university. The STEP graduates come from the program with strong pedagogical skills. The students are prepared to begin working with children from the first day of teaching. They can manage classes well handling routines with little difficulty.

Mentor teachers were found to be primary contributors to the development of new teachers, and they are paid little for their efforts. It is recommended that they be paid an amount commensurate with their effort and contributions to the development of new teachers. This compensation should be an integral part of the budgets of the state, local, or university agencies responsible for the preparation of teachers.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectProfessional development schoolsen_US
dc.subjectSchool and university collaborationen_US
dc.subjectTeacher educationen_US
dc.titleAn Evaluation of a Professional Development School: The School Teacher Education Partnership Projecten_US
dc.contributor.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreeEd. D.en_US of Educationen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairParks, David J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCraig, James Richarden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDawson, Christina M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEarthman, Glen I.en_US

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