ERIC Number: ED244229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Tab Item: Assessing Students' Application of Reading Theory.
Nichols, Carol; Orlando, Vincent
A problem solving procedure known as the Tab Item was used with 21 undergraduate education majors who minored in reading to give the students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a nonthreatening environment. The problem solving activity centered on a hypothetical fourth grade teaching position that opened at midyear. The students were told that they had been hired to fill the position and had one week to work in the classroom, visit with the "principal," and look over records. During this time they had to determine how to strengthen the reading instruction in this hypothetical classroom. Students were also given questions about specific hypothetical students in the "classroom" whose reading needs had not been met adequately by the previous "teacher." Student reactions to this experience indicated that (1) the experience promoted interaction among the participants, (2) participation in the activity gave students the opportunity to apply knowledge while still in the college classroom, (3) the class discussion gave the instructor an opportunity to give guidance in the application of theory in a training situation prior to entry into an actual classroom, (4) students gained confidence in their ability to teach reading, and (5) anxiety about entry into the classroom as a reading teacher was reduced. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tab Item Procedure; Theory Practice Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Forum (4th, Sarasota, FL, December 8-10, 1983).