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The Benedum Collaborative Model of Teacher Education: A Preliminary Evaluation

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Abstract:

The “Benedum Collaborative Model of Teacher Education at West Virginia University” generally follows the Holmes Group principles, with a few philosophical statements of its own. Under the Benedum
Collaborative Model, PDSs are expected to be “sites of best practice,” exemplifying high-quality teaching; “centers of inquiry,” which encourage experimentation and research; and “empowered communities,” in which
PDS teachers, WVU novices, WVU faculty, and parents of K-12 students actively collaborate in decisionmaking at the school. In terms of curriculum content, both the PDSs and the WVU teacher education
courses address the Instructional Goals and Objectives (IGOs) that are established by the state of West Virginia.