ERIC Number: ED044361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Feasibility Study of Four-Year Elementary Teacher Training at Branch Campuses in Ohio: Report of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Off-Campus Teacher Education.
Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Education.
In considering the feasibility of installing junior and senior year elementary education teacher training programs in branch campuses in Ohio, the study group explored teacher demand and supply (1970-80) and implications for program quality, cost, and other factors. Conclusions were: 1) Ohio is likely to have an oversupply of "regular" elementary teachers in the next decade. 2) The introduction of upper division programs should thus be undertaken only to improve the quality of teacher preparation and to establish a better statewide distribution of opportunity for it. 3) The quality of training can probably be improved through development of such branch programs because they would permit greater student- faculty contact and greater program individualization, encourage creative and innovative training designs, generate extensive field experience components, and provide for preparation of specialist elementary teachers (on main campuses whose enrollment of "regular" trainees could be reduced). 4) Necessary components for a branch program would include 125 full-time-equivalent upper division students, a four-to five-member professional staff, and appropriate library, classroom and field experience facilities. The order of priority recommended for branches satisfying these criteria is Stark, Ashtabula, Firelands, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Mansfield, Lima, Chillicothe, and Zanesville. Each third and fourth year program is expected to increase public operating expenses by at least $123,000 per year. (JS)
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Sponsor: Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Education.