Programs Train Teachers Using Medical School Model

April 23, 2010 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

This is a really interesting idea, especially for computing education.  One of the challenges of teaching computing (and even doing computing, for that matter) is that we have not yet learned to make explicit all the knowledge that is necessary.  We’re finding that in some of our studies of adult learners — they talk about the “secret” of programming, and that the teacher is “hiding something” from the students.  An apprenticeship model would give students the opportunity to learn and develop those skills that we do note yet know how to explicitly teach.

What if we prepared teachers the same way we prepare doctors?As school reformers lurch toward more innovative ways for training classroom teachers, this idea is getting a lot of attention. A handful of teacher “residency programs” based on the medical residency model already exist. Boston was one of the first to create one in 2003.

via Programs Train Teachers Using Medical School Model : NPR.

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