ERIC Number: ED050101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Effects of Teacher Training in the Use of Multi-Racial Elementary School Language Arts Materials.
Parker, Lenore D.
This study was designed to investigate the relationship between differential instructional methods, attitudes, belief systems, and performance skills of student teachers trained in different ways to use multi-racial language arts materials which encourage and implement classroom discussion of racial concepts. Three groups (a total of 69 college juniors) comprised the study: the Active Participation Group, trained with a student-centered approach; the Lecture-Written Paper Group, trained with an instructor-centered approach; and the Control Group, which received no training in the use of the materials. Training was conducted for 8 class hours at the end of the first semester. Its application required the student teachers to tape record an assigned creative writing lesson at the end of their student teaching experience in the second semester, using a multi-racial illustration to stimulate the children's ideas. Data analysis indicated no statistically significant differences between training groups in verbal racial performance. Belief systems of treatment groups were not affected by training, but attitudes in two groups did change--the student-centered approach group adopted more progressive attitudes and the control group developed more traditional attitudes. The lecture group did not change significantly. (Author/JMC)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Education, Instructional Materials, Language Arts, Performance Factors, Racial Attitudes, Racial Factors, Student Teachers, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Boston University, School of Education