Role of Cooperating Teacher

At Different Levels of Student Learning


The Student is developing a consciousness of the experience.  As the Student is confronted with a situation that is totally new and unfamiliar, the Cooperating Teacher facilitates observation and sets the scene for the Student to begin to explore.

 Advanced Beginner

The Student is starting to explore and become involved in the experience. The role of the Cooperating Teacher is to help expand the knowledge base of the individual and facilitate the participation whilst providing constructive feedback on performance.


The Student is actively participating. The Student develops competence and, as further practice follows, the subject matter is reinforced. The Cooperating Teacher’s role at this stage is that of moderator as the individual utilises concepts and observes the results of their actions through learning. Through structured discussion and informal interactions, further ramifications can be explored.