ERIC Number: ED041405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Demonstration Center: Part II - Elementary School Programs in Scientific Inquiry for Gifted Students.
Suchman, J. Richard; Carlson, Sybil B.
To disseminate inquiry training methods and materials, the project produced instructional films on the methods, prepared a teacher's manual, and conducted an institute to train teachers and administrators in the procedures. Twenty educators from 11 school districts were enrolled in the summer institute as team members and were trained for 4 weeks through seminars, class demonstrations, group discussions, and individual conferences. Teams then returned to their districts where they conducted inquiry training classes with at least one group of gifted elementary or junior high students. Provisions were made for visitors to attend classes, for special demonstrations, and for additional dissemination. Conclusions were that the teams stimulated interest within various school districts and gained experience in conducting inquiry sessions; they also aroused public approval as parents and others requested the continuation of the programs. Most of the districts have continued the training and many have reshaped their programs. Teacher characteristics which were found to be influential were flexibility, objectivity, willingness to turn over the process to the children, sympathy for the process, awareness of children's cognitive needs, and competence in the subject. (RJ)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Demonstration Centers, Exceptional Child Research, Gifted, Inquiry, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Instructional Films, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Questioning Techniques, Summer Programs, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana.