ERIC Number: ED207779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Recommendations to Teacher Educators for Preparing Future Teachers for Careers in Rural Schools.
Surwill, Benedict J.
A survey conducted as part of the continuous review of Eastern Montana College's teacher preparation program produced written responses from 62 classroom teachers, 8 principals, and 9 superintendents from rural schools in 4 Montana counties, who strongly supported the need for specialized preparation for rural teachers. Respondents recommended that preparation programs for rural teachers should include: (1) training for teaching multi-grade classes; (2) a strong background in teaching reading; (3) methods courses and practicum experiences in teaching art, music, health, physical education, and dramatics; (4) specialized training in more than one academic discipline; (5) better training in handling classroom discipline with various age groups; (6) training in utilizing rural community resources for classroom enrichment; (7) multi-grade level curriculum planning; (8) diagnostic and planning skills to identify and meet students needs; (9) sociological implications for teachers living and working in rural communities; and (10) preparation for school record maintenance. Specific recommendation for a special track for students intending to teach in rural schools included a methods course on teaching in rural schools, a seminar on educational sociology for rural school practitioners, a seminar on developing effective school-community relations, appropriate laboratory and clinical experiences, and student teaching in a rural school. (NEC)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Course Content, Education Courses, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Methods Courses, Multigraded Classes, Needs Assessment, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Schools of Education, Secondary School Teachers, Small Schools, Specialization, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eastern Montana Coll., Billings.
Identifiers: Eastern Montana College; Montana