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ERIC Number: ED002973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960-May
Pages: 69
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PROBLEM SOLVING PROFICIENCY AMONG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, I. THE DEVELOPMENT OF CRITERIA.
FATTU, NICHOLAS A.; TURNER, RICHARD L.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO GATHER AND ANALYZE DATA ABOUT THE PROBLEM-SOLVING PROCESSES OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN ORDER TO DEVELOP AN OPERATIONALLY DEFINED CONCEPT ON THE CRITERIA FOR PROFESSIONAL, HIGH PROFICIENCY QUALITIES IN TEACHERS. THREE QUESTIONS WERE ASKED--(1) WHAT IS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER, (2) WHAT IS PROBLEM-SOLVING PROFICIENCY, AND (3) IS PROBLEM-SOLVING PROFICIENCY A USEFUL CONCEPT IN STUDYING TEACHER BEHAVIOR. TEACHERS WERE DEFINED AS PROFESSIONAL PERSONS WHO MUST ASSUME AND BE CAPABLE OF ATTAINING CERTAIN EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES DESIRED BY LEADERS IN THE PROFESSION. TYPES OF CRITERIA WERE THEN SET UP ACCORDING TO PROBLEM-SOLVING PROFICIENCY. THESE WERE THEN USED IN OUTLINING A PROBLEM-SOLVING PROFICIENCY CONCEPT AND FOR DEVELOPING A DESCRIPTION OF THAT CONCEPT TO DETERMINE THE USEFULNESS OF THE CONCEPT. IT WAS NECESSARY TO IDENTIFY A GROUP OF ELEMENTARY TEACHERS WHO ENJOYED A HIGH LEVEL OF SKILL IN DEFINING AND RESOLVING TEACHING PROBLEMS AND WHO SHOWED IMPROVEMENT IN DEVELOPING THIS SKILL DURING THEIR TENURE AS CLASSROOM AND LABORATORY TEACHERS. IT THEN BECAME POSSIBLE TO CONDUCT EMPIRICAL STUDIES FOR DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT THE CONCEPT OF PROBLEM-SOLVING PROFICIENCY WAS A SIGNIFICANT CONCEPT. THE CURRENT STUDY STOPS HERE. DEVELOPED CRITERIA WERE APPLIED TO TEACHER SAMPLES IN THE AREAS OF ARITHMETIC AND READING INSTRUCTION. THESE PROCEDURES AND THEIR OUTCOMES ARE DISCUSSED IN ADDITIONAL REPORTS PREPARED UNDER COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT 419. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Inst. of Educational Research.
Identifiers: INDIANA