ERIC Number: ED351696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Need for Self-Consciousness in Theorizing and Teaching: The Role of the New Teacher Preparation Programs in Graduate Studies of the 90s.
Considering today's ever-increasing multicultural classroom environment, English teacher preparation programs at the doctoral level should revamp their curricula with regard for this diversity. New teacher education programs, such as the one presently being offered at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, are providing the impetus for new ways of looking at classroom issues. One component of the program is the initial requirement of two units of literary theory for incoming doctoral students, the aim of which, besides orienting students to historical modes of criticism, is to re-orient students to a multicultural teaching environment. The second component is a new course entitled "Teaching College Literature." This course seeks to raise some important questions and investigate the tacit assumptions underlying the standard approaches and curricula. An example of course topics is the issue of class observation, with emphasis on why this standard procedure is useful and how it should be viewed, aided theoretically by selections from the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl. Generally, readings for the course were varied, and participants discussed a wide range of issues, with the objective of articulating their intentions as future and current practitioners in the field. The course also utilized a practical, "hands-on" approach by modeling classroom activities. Problems of textbook selection, writing syllabi, developing a vita, and finding a job were broached. In short, such a practical, "nuts and bolts" approach is just what current graduate students need. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: English Teachers; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Literary Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the College English Association (23rd, Pittsburgh, PA, March 27-29, 1992).