ERIC Number: ED038322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Increasing Teacher Awareness of Children's Perceptions.
Cohen, Michael R.
It is the author's contention that it is possible for a teacher with a thorough preparation in the content and process of science, and teaching one of the newer science programs, to have little effect on his class. This may be due to the teacher's lack of understanding of the world of children, of their capacities and capabilities. One way for a prospective teacher to learn and understand a child's view of the world is to have conversations with children. The author has therefore designed a field experience program built around individual interviews with children. Students first read Piaget's "The Child's Conception of the World." They learn why interviews are used, how to ask questions, and what they can find out from the discussions. The prospective teachers who participated in this program have begun to develop an understanding of the world of children and skills needed to continue to increase their understanding. (BR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Indianapolis.
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of National Science Teachers Association, (Cincinnati, Ohio, March 12-16, 1970)