Essential Elements in Teacher Education: Preservice Student Perspectives


  • Louis Volante



Using focus groups and individual interviews, student teachers’ perspectives on their program’s design and delivery were examined. Data analysis using constant comparison revealed a set of 10 essential elements for effective teacher education programs: diverse student bodies, effective program faculty, useful curricula and pedagogy, theory into practice orientation, program coherence, small class sizes, cohort class structure, supportive associate teachers, prolonged practicum experiences, and ongoing program review. The discussion underscores the value of studying student teachers’ perspectives, particularly when contemplating programmatic changes and reforms in teacher education.




How to Cite

Volante, L. (2006). Essential Elements in Teacher Education: Preservice Student Perspectives. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 52(2).