I have heard rumblings that novice teachers at the bachelor level are not the best candidates for preservice preparation and that level II students should not be placed in their classrooms. Some view the hiring of novice teachers as the demise of the Lab School. This concern was also cited in our Department of Education review. I am aware of this concern and Becky Hawbaker is working on this. I do feel that novice teachers are ideal for the Research Development, Demonstration, and Dissemination School. They can try out innovated practices, collaborate on research with veteran professors, and create curricula that advances academic success. It would be ideal if the effectiveness in teaching and learning that are captured in these novice teachers classrooms are replicated in other settings and disseminated across the state of Iowa.
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