ERIC Number: ED209232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of School Personnel Toward Redesigning the Teaching Education Program at the University of Maine at Orono.
Drummond, Robert J.
The College of Education of the University of Maine at Orono, in the process of redesigning its teacher education program, conducted a study to give public school, elementary secondary teachers in the immediate area a chance to contribute ideas to the program. A questionnaire was distributed to teachers within 21 districts surrounding the university. Most of the 717 respondents were University of Maine graduates and taught kindergarten through eighth grade. Tables present data on respondent characteristics and responses to survey items. The results indicated that teachers felt that the teacher education program should be redesigned and that they wanted more involvement and input in teacher training. A large majority wanted increased and continuous communication about the program, and they wanted to have input into its design, objectives, and evaluation. Teachers cited student teaching and field experiences as the most helpful preservice experience. The least helpful preservice experiences included curriculum areas such as methods, general education, and theory courses. Eight recommendations pertaining to the University of Maine at Orono teacher education program involved: (1) more emphasis on feedback and evaluation; (2) development of and recruitment for a professional development component; and (3) further development and expansion of field experiences. Appended to this report are a copy of the questionnaire, lists of the respondents' most and least helpful preservice experiences, and a list of their perceptions of ways that inservice teachers could assist in the undergraduate preparation of teachers. (Author/FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: University of Maine Orono