Maintaining High Standards in a Pass/Fail Teaching Practicum

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Many field experiences for teacher candidates are assessed pass/fail which can, at times, compromise the high standards teacher education programs expect their pre-service teachers to meet. During this paper presentation, two university field supervisors will explain how they assess teacher candidates in the field using a multi-layered approach that demands the candidates meet standards related to knowledge, skills, and dispositions. This approach utilizes a pass/fail grading system yet maintains high expectations. The paper presentation will explore the evolution of the practicum assessment process at one university which includes transitioning from a traditional grading system (A, B, C, D, F) to the pass/fail system. Implications for instruction and teacher candidate supervision will also be discussed.


Keywords: Teaching Practicum, Assessment, Field Experiences
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Maintaining High Standards in a Pass/Fail Practicum


Dr. Dan Doerger

Assistant Professor of Education, Teacher Education and School Leadership
Highland Heights, KY, USA

Dr. Doerger is an Assistant Professor of Education at Northern Kentucky University where he supervises secondary education majors and teaches classes in Curriculum Development and Content Literacy Across the Curriculum. His research interests are primarily related to the needs of beginning teachers and include mentoring, induction, and how new teachers learn the cultures of the schools in which they find their first teaching positions. A former high school teacher in Seattle, New York City, and Cincinnati, Dr. Doerger is also interested in the best practices in the high school classroom and has supervised hundreds of teacher candidates in high school field experiences and student teaching.

Dr. Denise Dallmer

Affiliation not supplied
Highland Heights, KY, USA


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