ERIC Number: ED226000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Initial Exploratory Experience in Preparing the Teachers for Mainstreaming.
This paper examines the role of the initial exploratory experience, an introductory education course, in preparing teachers for working in mainstreamed classrooms. It is divided into five parts: (1) examination of the 11 knowledge competencies related to mainstreaming that can be developed as part of the initial exploratory course; (2) discussion of four essential attitude competencies related to mainstreaming; (3) suggested field experience activities which promote the development of knowledge and attitude competencies; (4) listing of ten skill competencies to be examined at the initial experience level; and (5) assessment techniques for measuring effects of initial field experience on education students' knowledge and attitudes. The conclusion emphasizes the paper's major points: (1) Essential mainstreaming knowledge, attitudes, and skills should be introduced at the initial exploratory level and taught throughout the preservice teacher education program; (2) The secondary school teacher should be student-centered and able to teach all students; (3) Initial exploratory experience, which provides opportunity to observe and interact with all student, is essential; (4) Initial exploratory experience also provides opportunity to observe and interact with teachers of mainstreamed classes; and (5) Initial exploratory experience helps preservice teachers to develop positive attitudes about mainstreaming and all pupils. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Orlando, FL, January 31, 1983).