ERIC Number: ED029827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
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The Preparation of Teachers for Junior Colleges. Report of Annual Missouri Valley Conference on Junior and Senior College Cooperation (2nd, May 5-6, 1967).
Central Missouri State Coll., Warrensburg.
Preparation of teachers for the junior college, which is the fastest growing segment of American higher education, was the topic of the second Missouri Valley Conference. Roger H. Garrison reported that the evolving status of the junior college locates the junior college teacher's position between the high school teacher and the college professor, but the pragmatism of junior college instructional aims--producing transferable students as well as technical and lower level management personnel--requires unique skills. Preparation of teachers of academic subjects should include interdisciplinary studies, supervised junior college teaching experience, and a professional seminar to meet throughout the graduate program. Teachers of vocational subjects need extensive work experience, background courses in their specialties, and methods courses. Elmer J. Clark recommended the establishment of special graduate programs where prospective junior college teachers take graduate majors emphasizing breadth rather than specialization or research, professional courses in educational psychology and junior college teaching, and supervised internship. The value was noted, in general discussion, of short courses, seminars, and brief institutes stressing the history and philosophy of the junior college, the nature of teaching, characteristics of students, group dynamics, and general orientation to junior college procedures. (DL)
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Authoring Institution: Central Missouri State Coll., Warrensburg.