ERIC Number: ED213685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
The Role of the University: The Seminar Experience in a Humanistic Teacher Education Program.
A three-part program in elementary teacher education was initiated as an experimental and alternative approach to a traditional teacher education program, and students and faculty members in this elementary education program (EEP) were observed and interviewed during two university quarters (six months). The EEP was organized around three interrelated components: (1) a seminar, or small discussion group, for students to share problems and build a personal educational belief system; (2) study of content, composed of methods and curriculum courses; and (3) field experiences. The seminar was referred to as "the heart of the program," as it reflected many of the program's humanist philosophies. The seminar offered an informal learning environment or home base from which students' personal and professional growth was fostered through reflection and dialogue. "There is no one 'right' way to teach" was a slogan often expressed in opposition to traditional approaches to and philosophies of education. Several portions of various interviews are transcribed to show students', seminar leaders', and teacher educators' reactions to the seminar, courses, and field experiences. Several conclusions are made about the effectiveness of the EEP and its role in the preparation of teachers. A list of 54 references is included along with three appendices on the topics of the role of the EEP seminar leader, recommended seminar activities, and a statement on disciplinary actions taken against school children. (FG)
Descriptors: Education Courses, Education Majors, Elementary School Teachers, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Humanistic Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Seminars, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).