ERIC Number: ED128298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Preservice Teachers as Agents of Change: An Experiment. Teacher Education Forum; Volume 4, Number 3.
Mohn, Norman; Reinhartz, Judy
This paper is a description of an undergraduate experiment initiated at the University of Texas at Arlington during the academic year 1974-75. The thrust of the experiment was to instill more realism in the professional courses at the Education Department and simultaneously to assist in instigating changes in the public schools. A document proposing the field experience program was submitted to persons within The Education Department. The proposal was sent to a subcommittee of a local teacher center, the local Advisory Council of Arlington, principals, and teachers. Personal interviews were arranged with principals in grades 7-12. Four basic questions were asked: (1) After having an opportunity to read the proposal, have you found any problem areas? (2) What particular aspects need to be addressed during the orientation? (3) What ways would you get feedback from teachers in your school? and (4) Would you want to participate in such a venture? The information was collected and revised in proposal form, and the program began in the spring of 1974. The experiment for many students was a positive experience, acting as a catalyst for making a more intelligent decision about teaching as a career. It also increased the university's sensitivity towards student needs, interests, feelings, ideas, and learning styles, and helped the public schools involved to actualize many programs. An appendix contains a preservice field experience program questionnaire. (DMT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational Personnel Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Education.
Note: For related documents, see SP 010 368-388