ERIC Number: ED318694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Tilting at Webs of Belief--Field Experiences as a Means of Breaking with Experience. Research Report 89-8.
McDiarmid, G. Williamson
The objective of an early field experience program is to force students to confront their assumptions on teaching. The experience, coupled with activities and readings in the university classroom, is designed to make students reconsider a variety of issues--what it means to learn something, the intellectual capabilities of children, the role of the teacher, and students' own knowledge. To achieve these ends, students wrestle with a seemingly simple piece of mathematics; they then see a class of third graders discussing the same mathematics. The students interview the teacher of the class about her purposes, her knowledge of both mathematics and learners, and her approach to teaching. They then interview a third grader, discussing their own understanding of mathematics and their feelings about the class. Finally, they attempt to teach the mathematics to someone. Excerpts are included from students' papers and from their final examination in which they had to compare two teachers' approaches to teaching operations with negative numbers. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Observational Learning, Preservice Teacher Education, Primary Education, Socialization, Student Attitudes, Student Reaction, Teaching Experience
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Education, East Lansing, MI.