Exemplary Field-Based Instructional Practices
What Is Field-Based Learning?
Field-based learning opportunities allow teacher candidates to integrate academic and practitioner knowledge. Field-based programs allow teacher candidates to:
- Apply theory to practice
- Reflect, analyze and improve
- Build experience in context
What Is Exemplary?
Exemplary field-based instructional practices are those that provide a wide range of opportunities for teacher candidates to work with students in schools.
Exemplary programs are those that focus especially-well on providing teacher candidates the opportunity and method to apply and refine their coursework learning.
What Are Key Elements of Exemplary Field-Based Programs?
Exemplary field-based teacher education programs often share a core set of key components. Together, these components provide an optimum environment for teacher candidates to put learning theory into practice, and do so within the broader context of the campus environment and its constituenticies. These key program components include:
Support and Monitoring – Exemplary field-based programs provide teacher candidates support and monitoring as they learn classroom teaching
Hands-On Learning – Exemplary field-based programs provide teacher candidates with hands-on experiences specifically designed to relate learned theory to classroom practice
Practice Improvement – Exemplary field-based programs provide teacher candidates regular interaction with campus stakeholders to help them analyze and improve their practice
Community Relations – Exemplary field-based programs provide teacher candidates experience operating in the larger professional context of the school and its various community constituents