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Student Teaching Casts Doubts About Individualizing Instruction.
Campbell, Lloyd P.; Williamson, John A.
This document reports on a study that assessed the attitude of pre- and post-student teachers toward individualizing instruction. The subjects were 110 secondary school student teachers. The research instrument was the individualized Instruction Inventory, designed to provide a total individualization score and reveal attitudes toward individualizing instruction in four specific areas: a) intra-class grouping; b) variety of materials; c) student autonomy; d) differentiating assignments. The study included the following findings: student teachers were more positive in their attitude toward individualized instruction before student teaching than they were after student teaching; both pre- and post-student teaching females were more positive in their attitudes towards individualized instruction than were pre- and post-student teaching males. The authors suggest that part of the difficulty may be attributed to the cooperating teacher, who may have minimized the importance of individualizing instruction through both his attitude and classroom activity. A more careful selection of cooperating teachers is recommended and special efforts should be made in teacher preparation programs to educate males in the theory, philosophy, methods, and techniques of individualizing instruction. (JA)
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