ERIC Number: ED212376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Early Elementary Field-Based Experience: A University and Public School Approach.
Luttrell, H. Dale; And Others
Changes made to improve a program providing education students a chance to observe and participate in public school elementary classrooms were based on two assumptions. First, it was assumed that students would see a greater need and relevance for ideas and concepts presented in education courses if they spent more time in the schools. Second, it was assumed that education courses would be more meaningful if they were taken concurrently with the field experience. Based on these assumptions an expanded observation experience was provided that was coordinated with the theory of instructional methods classes. The modified program involved four courses taken concurrently with 200 hours of observation in the schools. It was anticipated that extensive early field experience would provide the same benefits, though considerably more, that senior student teaching is assumed to provide. It was also expected that the students would develop the need to learn and apply new instructional skills. Students, however, were so overwhelmed with the day-to-day tasks involved in the elementary classroom that they could not focus adequately on new ideas. The classroom became a stifling experience rather than an experience facilitating student growth. Therefore, it is recommended that methods courses be taught after students have had classroom observation and participation experiences. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at National Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators, 1981 (Dallas, TX, February 16-18, 1981).