ERIC Number: ED240081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Contexts Affecting Methods Instruction in Selected Teacher Education Institutions.
Raths, James; Ruchkin, Judith
A study investigated the differences in the teaching of methods courses in Research and Development (R & D) institutions and in other teacher education programs. The study's major interest was in discerning the emphasis given to "research" in methods courses offered in institutions having an R & D emphasis and comparing it with the emphasis found in non-R & D teacher education institutions. Deans of schools of education were mailed a letter describing the study. The deans in turn were asked to pass the study questionnaire to a faculty member who "regularly teaches methods courses." The faculty member chosen was directed to fill out the questionnaire and to pass on questionnaires to three students. The professor and three students were asked to mail their completed questionnaires separately. This report contains six sections. Section 1 introduces the study, and section 2 describes the sample selection. Section 3 outlines data collection procedures, and section 4 discusses implementation of the study. In section 5, principal results and findings are detailed, and section 6 includes a summary of findings, discussion, and implications. Letters and instruments as well as additional data are appended. Study limitations and methodology are discussed in great detail. (JMK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Education Majors, Educational Research, Higher Education, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Research and Development, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Schools of Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Council for Teacher Education.; Maryland Univ., College Park. Center of Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (36th, San Antonio, TX, February 1-4, 1984).