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ERIC Number: ED103408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 9
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Reference Count: 0
Is All That Training Necessary?: A Study of the Effectiveness of Teacher Assistants Using Highly Structured Materials.
Young, James
The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that there would be no significant differences between elementary school children who were taught math, reading, and language by several untrained teacher assistants using highly structured materials, and those children who were taught by professional experienced teachers using less structured materials. In the study, two first-grade classes were taught basic skills by a total of 48 students from the Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) elementary education program over the year. Two of the control classes had only one experienced teacher per classroom; two others had a master teacher and a student teacher in each classroom. The DISTAR reading, math, and language materials were used in the experimental classes. Testing at the beginning and at the end of the school year indicated that there were no significant differences between experimentals and controls. The children taught by inexperienced teaching assistants using the highly structured DISTAR materials did slightly better than children taught by experienced teachers using less structured materials. The authors suggest that this finding has implications both for teacher training and the utilization of preservice teachers in public schools. (DDO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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