ERIC Number: ED318693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
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Methods and Models as Professional Knowledge.
Ligon, Jerry A.
In response to criticism of methods courses, this paper takes the position that the development of a body of knowledge concerning professional practices is central to the education of professional teachers. Focusing on the complexity of the teaching situation, a discussion is presented on the importance of mastering methods and models of teaching. Three basic dimensions of the action-situation relationships facing the teacher in the multidimensional, immediate, and unpredictable classroom are considered: (1) a goal state or end product to be achieved, (2) a problem space or set of conditions and resources available to research the goal state, and (3) the operations involved in assembling and using available resources. It is pointed out that teachers must organize groups of students, establish rules and procedures, elicit students' cooperation in classroom activities, and sustain order for designated blocks of time across several months. Instructional methods offer a way to bring some order to this complex situation. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (70th, Las Vegas, NV, February 5-8, 1990).