ERIC Number: ED211464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Teachers and the New Conception of the First Phase of Basic Schools.
A new educational system for primary grades has been in effect in Czechoslovakia since 1976. This new approach demanded revisions in teacher preparation and skills, since much of the burden for the system's success rested with the teachers. The new system calls for primary school teachers to be able to teach all subjects in two consecutive grade levels. To verify the procedures and conception for the first phase of the program, experimental schools were set up, using the new course syllabi. Teachers were asked not only to test the prepared materials, but also to develop and enrich them with their own experiences. Due to expectations of new and exacting tasks, the teachers were at first apprehensive, but gradually became enthusiastic about the new program. On the basis of this verification phase, a two-step program for the preparation of teachers was designed. The first step of initial preparation consisted of lectures, seminars, class demonstrations, and the study of materials to be used in the subsequent year. The second step provided instruction and assistance to teachers once the new class was underway. Schools of education in Czechoslovakia have also adopted new standards and qualifications for prospective teachers in the areas of general education, current events, educational psychology, and the teaching of handicapped children. The recognition that teachers are central to the educational system makes effective teacher training more important than ever before. (FG)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary School Teachers, Experimental Schools, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Implementation, Socialism, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Influence, Teacher Participation, Teacher Qualifications
Not available separately; see SP 019 242.
Publication Type: Translations; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Translated into English by L. Kollmannova and D. Slaba.