ERIC Number: ED029894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Experimental Study of the Effects of Short Courses in Speech and in the Art of Questioning upon the Performance of Student Teachers in Secondary English Instruction. Interim Report.
Mary Constantine, Sister
This study, conducted at Loyola University, Chicago, tested the effectiveness of two short courses on the performance of student teachers in high school English instruction. Eleven student teachers, during 1965-66, formed the control group which followed the usual teacher training syllabus. Eleven others, during 1966-67, formed an experimental group which reviewed the fundamental principles of a high school speech course, focusing on those elements particularly applicable to teaching high school English, and which participated in a course on the art of questioning in addition to regular course work. Students in both groups were asked to tape record four (one-half hour) lessons in the teaching of one or more literary selections. These tapes were analyzed for teachers' performance in regard to speech and the art of questioning. Statistical analyses of the results revealed no significant differences in the performance of the two groups. Possible explanations for these results may be (1) the complexity of the teaching situation for beginning teachers, (2) insufficient time and opportunity for preparing student teachers in the techniques within the time allotted, and (3) the fact that developing the art of questioning as well as the poise that is needed for speech proficiency on the part of the teacher demands prolonged practice. (Author/LH)
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), English Instruction, Questioning Techniques, Secondary School Teachers, Speech Instruction, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods
Sister Mary Constantine, Education Dept., Loyola University, Lewis Towers, 820 North Michigan, Chicago, Illinois 60626 (free or on loan).
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State-Wide Curriculum Study Center in the Preparation of Secondary English Teachers, Urbana.