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ERIC Number: ED039201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 35
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The Effect of Instructional Flexibility Training on the Flexibility of Student Teachers' Teaching Styles.
Tinsman, Stewart
This research study is a continuation of the work on Instructional Flexibility Training (IFT) developed by Joyce and Hodges. It attempts to discover if the use of IFT helped student teachers control the flexibility of their teaching styles, whether they could employ a variety of teaching models, and whether the conceptual ability of the teacher affected his flexibility. Two hypotheses were formulated: (1) that IFT will give teachers greater controlled flexibility and (2) that student teachers with a high conceptual level will have greater controlled flexibility than those with a lower conceptual level. The study used 54 teachers in experimental and control groups, with conceptual levels determined by a Sentence Completion Test. Both groups taught a Controlled Flexibility Lesson near the beginning and end of their assignments, with the experimental group receiving IFT in the interval. Measurement of the initial styles showed no significant differences, and the final analysis showed that the experimental group did not differ significantly from the control group in controlled flexibility. All subjects in both groups were at the lower end of the concreteness-abstractedness spectrum, preventing a true test of the second hypothesis. The implication of the study is that IFT may be useful in helping prospective teachers learn more abstract teaching strategies, but further research is needed. (MBM)
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Note: Paper presented at the 1970 AERA Annual Meeting