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ERIC Number: ED158296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
"I Am Not a Crook"; or, What Would You Do If You Didn't Have English Teachers to Kick Around Any More?
Kinney, James
The dilemma of accountability and "back to basics" that has brought harsh criticism on the two-year college teacher stems from conflict between two different philosophies of education. A conservative view, based on behavioral psychology, stresses the vocational aspects of education where people are trained in skills so that they can be self-supporting members of society. The liberal view, originating in humanistic educational psychology, presents the teacher's role as developmental, in that the teacher is responsible for the cognitive, personal, and social growth of each individual. In addition, the teacher's dilemma becomes more complex because of the basic changes that have occurred in the social role of education; through integration, students of various dialects have been added to the traditional white upper middle class group who attended college in the past. If English teachers wish to stop the criticism that exists today, they must adopt the methodology employed by the community college, rather than set goals according to the egalitarian guidelines stated in the college catalog. This methodology is based on computer theory and is concerned with the breakdown of communication into sequential bits. It involves using programed texts and supplementary materials, and organizing classes as skills labs where each student drills himself or herself under supervision. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Anaheim, California, March 2-4, 1978)