ERIC Number: ED213672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Laboratory Schools: Updated or Outdated.
Page, Fred M., Jr.; Page, Jane A.
To determine the current role of laboratory schools in the United States, the 123 existing laboratory schools were surveyed. Forty-seven percent completed and returned the questionnaire. They reported that the chief function of their school was instruction, followed, in order of emphasis, by preservice teacher education, research, and inservice teacher education. A range of instructional methodologies was used by these schools, with 46.6 percent using a combination of traditional and experimental techniques. In provisions for teacher education the methods used in the laboratory schools were clinical or mini-teaching experiences, observations by students, and student teaching. The most prolific researchers in laboratory schools were school faculty members, followed by other college and university faculty members. Research was also done by cooperative efforts between laboratory school and other faculty members, as well as by students. Inservice education was accomplished primarily by internal training conducted by laboratory school teachers. However, conferences of local, state, regional, and national levels were also used, as well as external consulting services. Some of the schools reported that their continued existence was questionable. Funding appeared to be a major problem. It is suggested that laboratory schools should expand research and inservice activities, and improve teacher education efforts. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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