ERIC Number: ED049692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-4
Conviction, Choice, and Action: An Honorable and Practical Educational Psychology.
De Cecco, John Paul
Interviews with high school students have found the cause of much of the present apathy and rebellion to be the students' exclusion from decisionmaking in the daily operation of the school and classroom. Objections were also raised to the failure to enforce rules in a fair and consistent manner. Many of the "problems" such as racial conflict and drug misuse in the schools are often the students' last desperate response to an institution that forces them to do boring and meaningless things and in which they have no say. If future teachers are to be prevented from perpetuating today's disastrous teaching practices, college instructors of educational psychology must find new ways of including their students - who will be the future teachers - in decisions which govern their own preparation. This paper discusses two new ways of offering the educational psychology course; one at Teacher's College, Columbia University and one at San Francisco State. One format provided at least three choices: self-selected problem interest groups with an advanced graduate student; study groups working on the traditional subject matter; and independent study. The other format provided students choices of school and teachers with whom to work for one semester. Students made their own arrangements for this. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, February 4, 1971