ERIC Number: ED045592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Small-Group Technique as a Teacher Training Instrument. Final Report.
Whipple, Babette S.
An exploratory study was designed to determine whether the use of a new, small group technique adds significantly to the level of training in early childhood education. Two groups of five student teachers learned the technique and were then evaluated. The evaluation procedure was designed to measure changes in their educational objectives, their teaching techniques, and their teaching styles. Six types of data were collected for evaluation: 1) a final paper written by the students, 2) adult Grouptalk sessions, 3) ratings of Grouptalk leadership based on tape recordings, 4) student problems Q-sort, 5) teacher ratings, and 6) student teacher paragraph completion test. Two sources of quantitative data yielded inconclusive results, partly because the ratings of performance were obtained before the experimental training had been completed, and partly because of the questionable reliability of the measurements. The small size of the sample justified placing major emphasis on the analysis of the residual data, including the responses to a projective test, and the final papers. The analysis indicated that the experimental groups increased their self-understanding, gained a more mature perspective on their role, and became more sensitive observers of the children's thinking and needs. It is recommended that Grouptalk training be added to the curriculum of teacher training institutions. (MBM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wheelock Coll., Boston, MA.