Two members of the faculty of Cal Poly's University Center for Teacher Education have been selected as Carnegie Scholars in the Pew National Fellowship Program. .
Elaine Chin, who joined the University Center for Teacher Education faculty in 1996, and Alice Tomasini, a UCTE faculty member since 1998, were selected for the program, part of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).
The program brings together faculty members committed to
investigating and documenting significant issues and
challenges in the teaching of their fields.
Chin, of San Jose and San Luis Obispo, was selected for
her project "Modeling and Practicing Team Teaching in
Preservice Teacher Education," which examines how teacher
education faculty members work at team teaching in a new
secondary credential program.
The new program also requires the teacher education
faculty to collaborate in planning and teaching the new
courses, activities not typical of most university teaching.
By studying the process of team teaching, Chin hopes to
identify the personal and institutional factors that support
successful team teaching. She will also examine whether team
teaching at the university may persuade student teachers to
try this practice with colleagues in their own schools.
CASTL, a major initiative of the Menlo Park-based Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, promotes work that explores not only the teacher's practice but also the character and depth of student learning that results from that practice.
"The Pew National Fellowship Program for Carnegie Scholars supports the work of distinguished faculty who are contributing to an emerging scholarship of teaching and learning," said Lee Shulman, Carnegie Foundation president.
The fellowship gives teachers -- whose work is mostly a private matter involving just students -- an opportunity to be evaluated by professional peers.
For more information, call Carol Barnes, UCTE director of
advancement, at 756-5934.
Contact: Rosemary Wagner: (805) 756-1108
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