ERIC Number: ED394926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Theory into Practice through Replication of Research in Student-Teaching Practice: A Partial Evaluation of a Course.
This report describes a course in the Irish student-teacher curriculum that was designed in response to criticisms of post-graduate teacher training that it was too theoretical and insufficiently practical. The design of the Applied Psychology of Instruction course was based on the teacher-as-researcher paradigm of professionalism. Student teachers were asked to evaluate a limited variety of techniques, methods, and theories of instruction. This replicated previous research to test different models of learning in order to consider their value for their own future use. In so doing, student teachers received training in classroom research and reflection as it focuses on instruction. A comparison was made between 91 student-teacher reports and questionnaires completed in 1995 and responses to a similar questionnaire by 79 student teachers in 1991. Findings support Galyean's (1993) thesis that guided cognitive imagery can improve performance and enhance motivation and discipline, especially for low achievers. Student teachers in 1995 learned that pupils appreciate variety and novelty and that they do not all learn in the same way; they learned to refine the perception that they had about their pupils. Student teachers also learned the design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of classroom tests. Although most student teachers did find the imagery exercise more useful that they originally thought, gender-specific differences in attitudes toward the reports were noted. The survey results and syllabus for courses in Applied Psychology and Curriculum Studies are appended. (Contains 22 references.) (NAV)
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Imagery, Imagination, Perceptual Development, Performance Factors, Questionnaires, Sex Differences, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Researchers, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Galyean (Beverly Colleene); Ireland
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators Conference (St. Louis, MO, February 1996).