ERIC Number: ED291721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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The Effectiveness of Research Applications for Teaching Materials on Achievement and Classroom Performance of Selected Preservice Teachers.
Person, William A.; And Others
This study sought to determine if there were significant differences in the performances of student teachers trained in the curriculum materials designed to implement findings from research on effective teaching and those of student teachers trained in traditional curriculum. Thirty-six students enrolled in an upper level course, Principles of High School Teaching, during the 1986 Fall Semester, were subdivided into groups of 18 each and were randomly assigned to experimental or control groups. Each group received 40 hours of instruction during the first eight weeks of the semester. The experimental group studied materials in the areas of research findings on effective teaching, classroom interactions, classroom management, and instructional evaluation. Additionally, they conducted simulated practices of teaching skills related to the materials studied. The control group studied materials traditionally taught in the Principles of High School Teaching course. Opportunities for this group to practice specific teaching skills were limited. Results indicated that the experimental group achieved significantly higher scores than did the control group on the criterion-referenced test on effective teaching concepts. Also, the experimental group demonstrated an overall higher performance in the classroom than did the control group. Implications for improvement of the preservice education program are discussed. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (16th, Mobile, AL, November 11-13, 1987).