ERIC Number: ED032293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Range of Teaching Skills That Can Be Changed by the Minicourse Model.
Minicourse 1, an auto-instructional package based on the microteaching-video tape recorder process, instructs the teacher in specific teaching skills and directs him in self-evaluation of his own teaching. Field tests in Minicourse (MC) 1 (questioning skill at the elementary school level) indicated behaviorally significant changes in teachers and led to the development of four additional models designed to test the generalizability of the minicourse principle to other teaching skills. Other minicourses developed were MC 2, teaching the kindergarten child with minimal language experience; MC 3, questioning in a high school class discussion; MC 5, tutoring in elementary school mathematics; and MC 8, organizing the kindergarten for independent learning and small group instruction. Preliminary field tests, comparing pre- and postcourse behavior, indicate all of the courses yielded significant teacher change and succeeded in providing teachers with a generalized approach for systematically dealing with problem areas. For example, MC 2 helped teachers to solve language problems systematically which previously were ignored or handled ineffectually; MC 3 increased pupil talk and decreased teacher talk in class discussions through judicious use of questioning techniques; MC 5 and MC 8 helped teachers to apply a systematic rather than hit-or-miss approach in structuring different types of learning situations. A description of the five models (skills taught and test data) is attached. (ED 024 647 and ED 024 650 are related documents.) (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, Berkeley, CA.
Note: A paper presented as part of the symposium, MICROTEACHING IN TEACHER EDUCATION--NEW DIRECTION, at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.