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ERIC Number: ED136561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Teacher Training: A Counseling Focus.
Dowling, Gretchen; Sheppard, Ken
Drawing on the work of Charles Curran, this paper proposes ways in which the training of teachers might be facilitated through regular counseling. Anxiety is seen as the chief difficulty in the conventional training process. This anxiety, caused by fear of making mistakes, of losing job security, or of performing in public and being evaluated, can be minimized by a careful application of counseling principles in the interaction of the trainer and the trainee, most significantly following the trainee's early teaching demonstrations. Training processes hinge on the concept of the "understanding response," requiring the trainer to not only evaluate the trainee, but also attempt to understand his anxiety. The training process described has two phases: (1) valuation, or understanding of the trainee's experience; and (2) instruction, during which the trainee builds on what he has already learned and corrects mistakes. A detailed description of specific interactions and their likely consequences is provided. (CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (New York, New York, March 3-6, 1976)