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The Professional Development Center as A Collaborative Apprenticeship

University Partnerships for Pre-Service and Teacher Development

ISBN: 978-1-78714-265-7, eISBN: 978-1-78714-264-0

ISSN: 2055-3641

Publication date: 27 May 2017


Developed and discussed in this chapter is a model for university–school partnerships in the Goodlad tradition, a model referred to as the Professional Development Center (PDC). This model is a unique apprenticeship-based partnership inspired from Goodlad, the Holmes Group, NNER, and others, and, has been sustained for nearly 25 years at a rural midwestern university in the United States. Though different in form from the professional development school model, the PDC functions conceptually similarly in that it seeks to renew and revitalize teaching and teachers, and to do so in a professional learning context predicated on inquiry aiming toward the improvement of practice.

This chapter proceeds by introducing the PDC, discussing its policies and practices, curriculum, competencies, and commitments of those in the program, and concludes by discussing the growth, leadership, and renewal experienced through the program. Inclusive in this chapter are observations from mentors and novices who have gone through the PDC programming.



Shudak, N.J. and Wiebers, R.M. (2017), "The Professional Development Center as A Collaborative Apprenticeship", University Partnerships for Pre-Service and Teacher Development (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 10), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 147-160.



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