ERIC Number: ED081769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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The Historical Method of Inquiry in a Teacher Training Program: Theory and Metatheory.
A historical method of inquiry can be applied to an experimental teacher training program, specifically, the Ford Training and Preparation Program (FTPP). The historical method requires gathering a lot of loose ideas and events that have been part of the project and hanging them together in an integrated way. To achieve this, two organizing principles, the teleological approach and the systems approach, are utilized in constantly shifting focus to detail the development of the FTPP. In the teleological approach the program has an inherent purpose or end that can be found by studying an article by the founder of the FTPP on how to train school personnel. This article is called the program's "metatheory." The systems approach views the same article as having logical constructs, derived from systems theory, for approaching the training of teachers. In this approach, the article is called the program's "theory." These two approaches comprise the best way of explaining the components of an experimental program within a historical context. (JA)
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Ford Training and Placement Program.