ERIC Number: ED045073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
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Teacher Preparation Programs and the Junior College.
Junior College Research Review, v5 n5 Jan 1971
This research review focuses on the need for active cooperation between the university-based researcher and the junior college administrator, to provide the research on teaching and learning necessary for the sound preparation of junior college teachers. Historically, the junior college's main concern has been student learning, and time available for activities like research was at a minimum. On the other hand, such research is of primary interest to those engaged in junior college studies at the university. One indication of the current level of cooperation is the tendency of administrators--especially those engaged in selecting new teachers--to ignore existing research on which qualities are characteristic of the properly prepared teacher. For example, the applicant's teaching ability, theories of learning, course objectives, or knowledge of the junior college commonly are not major selection criteria. Also notable is the negative attitude that many junior college administrators show towards accepting teaching interns. The uniqueness of the junior college role and environment suggests that those who teach there should receive training oriented toward particular needs. Thus, not only must the researcher be knowledgeable about current institutional practices, but also the practitioner must be aware of and contribute toward research. Accepting this, it should be obvious that the quality of both current teaching practice and existing research depends on mutual cooperation. (JO)
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.