ERIC Number: ED243848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Early Field Experience Tutoring in Reading on Secondary Majors' Attitudes, Expectations and Teaching Effectiveness.
Bates, Gary W.; Hutchinson, Carroll M. P.
The Early Field Experience (EFE) is the laboratory component of a "Reading in the Content Area" methods course. Preservice secondary education teacher candidates are required to tutor a middle or high school student on a one-to-one basis for a semester. Content area reading strategies are taught in class and the EFE students apply them in their tutoring sessions and observe the effectiveness and appropriateness of the various methods taught. A study sought to determine the effects of this program on 90 secondary education majors' attitudes toward teaching reading in content areas, tutoring, expectations of tutoring, and tutoring effectiveness. A review of relevant studies summarizes recent research on the effects of required reading methods on preservice majors' attitudes and teaching practices, changes in EFE students' attitudes and behaviors, and the effectiveness of learning through tutoring. Pre- and post-tests measured the participants' attitudes toward tutoring and content area reading. An analysis is presented of the findings. It is suggested that a follow-up study should be made of the EFE students who were part of this study and are now classroom teachers. (JD)
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Education Majors, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Individual Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Reading Strategies, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teaching Methods, Tutoring
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).