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ERIC Number: ED024627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Jun
Pages: 17
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Preparing Elementary Teachers for Culturally Disadvantaged Schools.
O'Brien, Nancy
Two major considerations are involved in successfully educating culturally disadvantaged youth at the elementary school level. First, it is necessary to determine the characteristics of effective teachers of the disadvantaged. Teachers of the disadvantaged must have good mental health, want to teach the disadvantaged, and be creative, curious, highly skilled, professional, and unprejudiced. Therefore, teacher education institutions preparing teachers for work in urban slum schools must individualize programs; provide early, varied, and continuing direct experiences with children in community and school situations; encourage able men to teach at the elementary school level; and choose cooperating teachers selectively. Second, it is necessary to determine the role of course work in curriculum and methodology in the preservice preparation of teachers of the disadvantaged. Such course work should help students to base classroom programs on children's needs, understand the peer culture of the child, establish and maintain a healthy emotional climate in the classroom, function democratically in classrooms and enable children to practice democratic skills, learn ways of arranging an effective classroom environment, be creative in their teaching, become skillful in selecting appropriate learning experiences for individual children, and evaluate old concepts of educational practice in light of recent research. (A 17-item bibliography is appended.) (SG)
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Note: Presented at the conference honoring Florence B. Stratemeyer, French Lick, Indiana, June 10-12, 1965.