ERIC Number: ED038361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Centers of Discovery Program.
Florida Atlantic Univ., Boca Raton.
This preservice education program, begun in 1964, is a 2-year sequences of four interdisciplinary education courses whose objectives are to help students gain a feeling of adequacy as educators and to help them acquire the necessary background and skills for problemsolving in teaching. Important features of the program include independent reading and self-testing, video-tape viewing, instruction by teaching teams, small group discussions, laboratory experience as a teacher aide, and an in-depth research report extending over the entire program. Evaluation of the program was accomplished by comparing with national norms participants' performance on the Graduate Record Examination: Advanced Education Test, soliciting opinions from students currently enrolled in the program, and asking student teachers who had completed the program to evaluate their training. Two follow-up studies were conducted. One surveyed opinions of inservice graduates about their total professional training, and the other asked school principals to evaluate program graduates with respect to 24 traits. (The appendixes contain samples of some of the evaluation forms used and details of the results, and a pamphlet outlines the teacher aide program.) (SP 003 753 is a related document.) (RT)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Atlantic Univ., Boca Raton.
Note: Entry for 1970 AACTE Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teacher Education