ERIC Number: ED030669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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A Study of the Preparation of English Teachers for the Teaching of Slow Learners. Interim Report.
This study investigated the personal and academic qualifications essential for successfully teaching high school English to slow learners, and attempted to outline a curriculum that would foster the traits found desirable. Information was gathered from (1) extensive reading by the investigator, (2) questionnaires completed by 475 school administrators, (3) questionnaires completed by 451 successful teachers of slow learners, and (4) two workshops conducted at Olivet Nazarene College (Kankakee, Illinois). The administrators indicated strongly that the individual teacher's personality, professional or religious commitment, and philosophy of life directly affected successful teaching of the slow learner. The teachers surveyed found themselves very poorly prepared in sociology, anthropology, social welfare, psychology, and the cultural and behavioral patterns of the slow learner; and somewhat deficient in training in language, composition, reading instruction, adolescent literature, and methods of teaching English. The principal value of the study was in revealing the need for teacher-training courses to improve the instruction and understanding of slow learners. (An extensive bibliography and the questionnaires are appended.) (Author/LH)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Low Ability Students, Personality Studies, Slow Learners, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Influence, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Skills, Values
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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.