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ERIC Number: ED236070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A High Intensity Social Studies Program in a Clinical Setting for Teacher Education Students.
Dibella, Maria F.; Fitzgerald, John D.
A social studies elementary teacher education program at Phillips Institute of Technology in Australia is described. The program, which places students in charge of teaching a 9-week social studies unit, is recommended as an alternative to the conventional lecture method. The paper is divided into discussion of five aspects of the course: objectives, implementation, student requirements, problems, and evaluation. The course's primary objectives are to create a supportive learning experience and to help students learn by doing, develop discussion skills, and analyze personal performance. Prerequisites for program implementation are outlined, including selecting a suitable curriculum unit and finding an agreeable elementary school placement. The major components of the student assignment are to plan and teach a 1-hour lesson per week, to participate in weekly discussion groups, and to keep a journal. Rationale underlying each of these requirements is explained. Major pitfalls, centering around student inexperience, include inadequate basic skills, tension, and lack of a model. The overall success of the program is assessed on the basis of student and faculty feedback. A 14-item bibliography is included. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia