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ERIC Number: ED075363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 25
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Integrated Curriculum in Methods Courses.
Baptiste, H. Prentice, Jr.; Beaven, Mary H.
Available models apparently do influence childrens' behavior. Because of this, it is important for teachers to consider the philosophical, psychological, and sociological ramifications of their teaching behavior and their organization of the curriculum and learning environment. Teaching behavior hinges closely on the learning environment. In this century, the learning environment is constantly expanding, and a confluent, pluralistic curriculum is the only alternative for including this environment into the school situation. The teacher must now be initiated into this new type of curriculum in order to prepare students for an expanding learning environment. An expansion of methods courses in teacher education programs is being implemented to develop this expanded learning environment. Methods courses are being combined for flexibility. This flexibility allows the prospective teacher to work in learning laboratories, schools, and the community. Team teaching, special projects, and open-plan schools are being investigated. The methods courses focus on problem solving and creative expression. Self-evaluation by students in these courses promotes self-confidence and emotional growth which is necessary to facilitate change in curriculum. (BRB)
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