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Wednesday, October 11 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Experiential Learning to Teach in Classrooms (30 mins)

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This presentation builds on research presented in 2016 based on experiential learning activities used by teacher preparation faculty in an urban setting. The experiential learning activities included activities in elementary classrooms, an activity is in a museum, and one activity at a zoo. Experiential learning activities are designed to engage pre-service teachers with practical experience for assessing students, designing curriculum and instructional plans, and implementing intervention instruction or presenting general lessons. The current presentation will focus on two subsequent experiential learning practices implemented in an urban setting. One practice is a yearlong residence model that includes one semester of co-teaching on Mondays and Wednesday the semester before a full-time, semester student-teaching experience. The observation data is coded by areas of reinforcement and areas of refinement, which provide the faculty with evidence of how well students transfer theory to practice. This new development in teacher preparation provides data beyond determining the knowledge and skills that emerging teachers perceive they gain from participating in experiential learning activities in community and K-12 settings to actually observing emerging teachers in the classroom setting. Finally, the presentation will introduce a new experiential project that will begin in the summer 2017 to advance the teaching of science in the urban setting. Similar experiential practices will be used in the new practice.


University of North Texas at Dallas

University of North Texas at Dallas

Sarah Davenport

Experiential Learning Coordinator, University of North Texas at Dallas

Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am MDT
Colorado C

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