ERIC Number: ED112585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Training in the Area of Emotionally Disturbed Children; Innovation Grant: Final 3-Year Program Evaluation and Research Report.
Long, Nicholas J.; And Others
Evaluated was a 3-year graduate program to train teachers of emotionally disturbed (ED) children. The program's major goals were the acquisition of basic knowledge in special education and child development, the attainment of skills for professional teaching competence, and the development of deepened sensitivity to oneself and others. The training sequence involved an intensive learning experience (seminars and internships) and practicums experience in different activities (such as classroom teaching) at a therapeutic school for ED pupils. Before and after each academic year, three groups of eight students each were administered test batteries (measuring competencies, attitudes toward education, and interpersonality characteristics) along with two self-evaluation instruments. Results comparing pre- and post-program attitudes showed that trainees reported they felt less disturbed by overly aggressive behavior of children, increased their skill in decoding affective statements, tended to see others as less lovable and less competent, and checked a greater number of favorable adjectives when rating themselves. Follow-up interviews indicated that graduates felt the program provided the most effective training for those areas (personal sensitivity and behavior management) which they also considered most relevant. (Tables and figures are provided.) (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Univ., Washington, DC. Dept. of Education.