ERIC Number: ED025479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
The Lagrange Study; An Effort Toward More Meaningful Preparation for Preservice Elementary Teachers in the Inner City.
Walsh, Huber M.
The Off Campus Methods Course (OCMC), devised to relate closely the theory of methods courses to actual teaching experience, consists of three episodes (teaching map and globe skills, using a questioning strategy, and individualizing instruction), each comprised of four phases. In the theoretical phase, an education professor teaches the strategy to be used in a particular teaching episode. In the demonstrational phase, preservice teachers observe a demonstration teacher using the same strategy to teach a lesson. In the applicational phase, preservice teachers and cooperating teachers plan a microteaching experience, and the preservice teachers teach the lesson. In the analytical phase, preservice teachers and their professors analyze the microteaching experiences, which have been recorded on video tape. OCMC offers certain advantages. Preservice teachers can immediately apply the educational theory they learn, and they have earlier opportunities (junior year in college) for contact with children in actual classroom settings. Moreover, using preservice teachers in inner city classrooms provides children with increased opportunities to interact with and respond to adults. After a six-week pilot run of OCMC (35 preservice teachers in six elementary school classes) at Lagrange School in Toledo, Ohio, participants agreed that OCMC had made a worthwhile contribution to their preservice preparation. Future trial of OCMC is planned. (SG)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers, Field Experience Programs, Individual Instruction, Inner City, Methods Courses, Microteaching, Pilot Projects, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education, Teaching Experience, Theories, Urban Education, Videotape Recordings
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Identifiers: Lagrange Study; Off Campus Activities; Ohio; Toledo