ERIC Number: ED272510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Using Textbooks and Teachers' Guides: What Beginning Elementary Teachers Learn and What They Need to Know. Research Series No. 174.
Ball, Deborah Loewenberg; Feiman-Nemser, Sharon
Based on data from a longitudinal study of preservice teacher education conducted at a large midwestern university, this paper describes and appraises what prospective elementary teachers in two different teacher preparation programs were taught about textbooks, what they learned, and what they did with these lessons during student teaching. It is suggested that, rather than telling novices not to "teach by the book," teacher educators need to consider contextual constraints and the limits of beginners' knowledge and skills and teach beginning elementary teachers how to learn from using published curricular materials. These issues are explored by addressing four questions: (1) What did the teacher education programs convey about textbooks, planning, and curricular decision making? (2) What did the prospective teachers come to believe about the use of textbooks, about planning, and curricular decision making? (3) What did the student teachers do with textbooks and teachers' guides during student teaching? and (4) What should preservice elementary teacher education programs teach beginning teachers about textbooks and their role in planning and teaching? (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Information Utilization, Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Guides, Textbook Evaluation, Textbooks
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).