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The Learning Conference 2003

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The London Student Teaching Program: Opportunities and Challenges

Heather Bridge.


The London Student Teaching Program provides student teachers at SUNY Cortland, New York, USA, the opportunity to undertake their final student teaching in London Promary Schools. The 3 month student teaching program consists of a 3 week introductory course into the British educational system at London Metropolitan University, followed by an 8 week placement in school. Data collected from US student teachers suggest that they gain particular pedagogical skills during the program, including: teaching across the curriculum, direct contact with parents; planning for and teaching to differentiated needs; awareness of British and international cultures and how they affect learning; teaching children learning English as an additional language and discipline strategies. These findings have implications for the content of methods courses and teacher preparation at SUNY Cortland.

Presenters

Heather Bridge  (United States)
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
The School of Education
SUNY Cortland

Heather Bridge teaches Early Childhood Courses to student teachers. Her interests lie in professional development for teachers through action research, curriculum development and international field experiences.

Keywords
  • student teaching
  • pedagogical skills
  • implications for teacher preparation
Person as Subject
  • None



(30 min Conference Paper, English)