Co-teaching training and paired placements in physical education teacher education field experience

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Jeanne L. Mullican (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Michael Hemphill

Abstract: Despite field experiences being especially valuable for physical education teacher education programs, the concerns and issues that are often faced by teacher candidates can make for less-than-ideal experiences. Variability in the quality and satisfaction of field placements have led programs to seek ways to maximize their quality mentors while finding alternative models that may reduce some of the issues seen in the traditional placement model (Baeten & Simons, 2016a). As collaboration in teaching gains prominence, the paired placement with peer mentoring model looks promising in decreasing field experience issues and effectively socializing PE teacher candidates into the profession. Paired placement involves placing two teacher candidates together with one mentor teacher. Many benefits have been found in using this model but there is a recurring theme in challenges. Teacher candidates have a lack of experience in the team teaching/co-teaching processes and find it difficult to schedule a time for collaborative planning (Chang, 2018; Gardiner & Robinson, 2011; Jenkinson & Benson, 2017; Montgomery & Akerson, 2019; Ratcliff, 2016). In this case study, an educational training was created to strengthen and support the abilities of teacher candidates to be collaborative teachers during field experience. The experience of the paired PE teacher candidates was investigated, and several themes were found concerning the co-teaching training program, future usage, and occupational socialization. The issues found in previous studies with lack of preparation to co-teach was well negated by providing previous experience before student teaching and giving support throughout. All participants in the experience noted positives but also had areas to improve how teacher candidates could better harmonize.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
Co-teaching, Field Experience, Paired Placement, Peer mentoring, Physical Education, Student Teaching
Physical education teachers $x Training of
Mentoring in education
Student teaching
Teaching teams

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