The Field Experience Journal
The most effective teacher preparation programs require candidates to spend extensive time in the field practicing skills related to coursework (Darling-Hammond, 2010). When a candidate is provided opportunities to work alongside expert teachers to put coursework into practice, the candidate receives support and guidance along the way making he/she better equipped to problem solve, engage and impact student achievement. Effective teachers are the most influential factor on student achievement; students exposed to an ineffective teacher for three or more years, will never catch up academically (Darling-Hammond, 2010; Madda, Skinner & Schultz, 2012). Teacher candidates need to be exposed to effective teachers in the field in order to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to impact student achievement.
Wilcoxen, Christina L.; Proctor, Jackie; Steiner, Amanda L.; and Lemke, Jennifer L., "Collaborating With University Faculty and District Partners to Provide Meaningful Field Experiences for Pre-service Teachers" (215). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 87.