A culture of isolation pervades the practice and preparation of teachers. Consequently, the development of teachers can be delayed and result in a focus on self-concerns rather than promoting student learning. Teacher educators have a unique opportunity to address this problem by creating opportunities for meaningful collaboration amongst pre-service teachers, supervisors, and faculty. The purpose of this article is to describe our experiences with an on-going collaborative teacher development project aimed at helping pre-service teachers to see beyond their personal concerns and work collaboratively toward promoting their own, their colleagues, and their students' learning. The body of the article is devoted to a description of the genesis of the project and an overview of the project's activities. We close the article with a description of our own and our students' experiences with the first attempt at integrating this project into our graduate elementary teacher education program.
Breghetto, Ronald and Parker, Alexa
"Learning to See Beyond the Self: Accelerating Pre-Service Teacher Development through Collaboration,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 4
, Article 1.
Available at: https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/nwjte/vol4/iss1/1