ERIC Number: ED120177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Effectiveness of the TOD (Teachers of the Disadvantaged) Program at Ball State University.
Sciara, Frank J.
This report presents the results of the program evaluation of Ball State University Teacher's College's Teachers of the Disadvantaged (TOD) program. The students in this program take special courses and have special training intended to qualify them to teach children from lower socio-economic groups. Sixty-six elementary teachers who had been through the TOD program and 76 elementary teachers who had completed a regular course of study were sent three-part questionnaires in the spring following graduation. The first part of the questionnaire established that TOD participants were in fact teaching in disadvantaged schools to a greater extent than non-TOD participants. The second part had respondents rate their preparation for teaching according to the 10 stated objectives of TOD. The TOD respondents expressed more satisfaction with their college preparation for teaching, although they cited discipline and communication with parents as problem areas. The third part provided the opportunity for suggestions to improve the elementary teacher preparation program at Ball State. The author of the report concludes with some suggestions toward revising the education curriculum to make it more flexible and to allow students to elect courses of special interest to them without being over-burdened by other less useful courses. (Appendixes list the 10 objectives of TOD and include the teacher questionnaire and an analysis of the responses.) (CD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN. Inst. for the Preparation of Teachers of the Disadvantaged.