Provost Faculty Scholarship Recipient -
Linda Hoff, ABD
The research of Linda Hoff (MA '94), head of the teacher education program, centers on student teaching, the discipline's field-based component. She specifically investigates the work of those teachers who guide the student teachers--often called "cooperative teachers" or "master teachers."
"I am interested in learning how these teachers are selected to work with student teachers," says Hoff, herself a former public school teacher and educational consultant, "and what criteria each decision-maker uses in identifying potential master teachers."
The study includes interviews, surveys and secondary analysis of the data collected. Hoff hopes the study will help reveal "how educators view teaching expertise." She is also exploring these master teachers' perspectives on working with student teachers. Ultimately, the findings may have a substantial impact on the field of teacher education.
FPU created the Provost Research Grant in 2008 to encourage faculty to develop their scholarship. Awards have been given in fields from science to religion and have funded the creation of new music and the translation of ancient languages. Read the full Provost Faculty Scholarship report which includes all the faculty recipients and an overview of their work.