ERIC Number: ED024638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Teachers for the Inner-City.
Claye, Clifton M.
In 1962, in order to improve its Teacher Preparation Program, Texas Southern University administered achievement, self-concept, I.Q., and interest tests in local schools in different types of neighborhoods. It was found that those students in "inner-city schools" scored at or near the bottom of these tests. When the test results were reviewed with teachers, teachers explained them in terms of broken homes, large families, low family income, poorly educated parents, lack of reading materials in the home, etc. To determine whether the reasons given by the teachers were positively related to achievement, a modification of the McGuire and White Social Status Index was administered to the students in the top and bottom 5 percent in overall achievement. A simple correlation revealed no significant differences in variables studied for the high and low achievers. Subsequently, hypotheses regarding the problem of student achievement in "inner-city schools" were formulated, and attempts were made to test them. The results have been incorporated into improving the Teacher Preparation Program. Improvements include (1) recruiting students who have demonstrated some degree of scholastic excellence, (2) designing a number of participation and observation activities for prospective teachers, and (3) structuring these activities to correlate with course content. (SG)
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Identifiers: McGuire and White Social Status Index; Texas; Texas (Houston)
Note: Field rep. prepared for Cent. State Coll. and Univ. Professional Educ. Seminar, Nov. 7-8, 1968, Univ. of Northern Ia., Cedar Falls.