ERIC Number: ED082476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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Developing a Modular Educational Psychology Program; Minimal Resources.
The University of Colorado developed a modular undergraduate educational psychology program. Its objective was to teach concepts critical to effective teaching in a manner consistent with the flexible scheduling of the new secondary teacher education program. Researchers isolated 12 basic topics and surveyed relevant literature. Some 27 modules were created, each having a title page, a statement of behavioral objectives and rationale, a learning sequence, probing questions, and two learning checks for each section. Objective tests were used since they provided rapid feedback. A prerequisite/optional dichotomy was utilized with core modules required early in the sequence and others being covered as the need arose. Seventy-five titles were acquired for a library-type classroom; also, a student manual, and evaluation form, a record-keeping system, and a management manual were created. The program met its objectives, for student achievement was high and the costs low. Future versions will use a diagnostic-prescriptive basis; modules will be added, more emphasis will be placed upon applied skills, subjective assessment used for optional modules, and more student-teacher interactions provided. (PB)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Costs, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Diagnostic Teaching, Educational Psychology, Flexible Schedules, Flexible Scheduling, Higher Education, Learning Modules, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Programed Instruction, Programed Instructional Materials, Teacher Education, Undergraduate Study, Units of Study
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. School of Education.