ERIC Number: ED030611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Classroom Social Systems in Teacher Education. Occasional Paper Series, Number 4.
Smith, Louis M.
This paper discusses "the classroom as a social system" as an idea which has implications for teacher training. Reference is made throughout to the author's own recent research (ED 003 449 and ED 017 965) and his teaching of undergraduate and graduate educational psychology. Section 1, "The Conceptual Framework," includes (1) definition of the classroom as a social system, (2) description of a teacher decisionmaking model based on a prediction system and a value system, and (3) analysis of the importance of "initial teacher roles" with models depicting the initiation of the activity structure and development of classroom control. Section 2, "The Preservice Training Problem," (1) analyzes the special problems of the preservice trainee and (2) discusses each of several program components which attack such problems through focus on the interdependencies of the social system position: microethnography of the classroom, educational psychology laboratory, and a "two-by-two apprenticeship" (a semester practicum in which trainees spend two weeks teaching each of nine grade levels). A brief section on inservice teacher training describes a course (including specific writing exercises) in which teachers analyze their own classrooms as social systems. The concluding section outlines a process model of the "Phases and Emphases in Developing a Professional Teacher." A 34-item bibliography is included. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Ann, MO.