ERIC Number: ED049158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Trends in Teacher Preparation Curricula in Canada.
A 1969-70 questionnaire survey of 35 of the 40 English-speaking teacher education institutions in Canada attempted to determine trends toward certain types of innovation. Positive trends: The total training periods have been lengthened. Programs have become more flexible and offer a wider choice of options. There is a trend toward adoption of an interdisciplinary approach in professional courses. Practice teaching time has been increased, in some cases replaced by a preservice internship. New approaches to the development of teaching skills include microteaching and simulation games. Students are being involved in a formal way in program development and administration. Heavy dependence on formal examinations is breaking down. Use of closed-circuit TV for instructional purposes within the institutions is becoming quite prevalent. Some attention is being given to providing the kinds of courses which might lead to innovative practice on the part of beginning teachers. Areas in which trends are not yet very pronounced: Individualization of the programs is not proceeding very rapidly. Computer-assisted instruction is almost non-existent. Institutions have not yet demonstrated a sensitivity to such needs in the school system as the problems of disadvantaged children, or to the possibility that the staffing patterns of the schools may be radically different in future. There are inadequacies in the extent to which training institutions and the local school systems interact. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ottawa (Ontario).
Note: Paper presented at AERA annual meeting, New York, 1971