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ERIC Number: ED342728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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An Investigation of Preservice Teachers' Attitudes toward Theory and Practical Application in Teacher Preparation.
Pugh, Ava F.; And Others
Northeast Louisiana University's Professional Semester began in 1976 to respond to a need for more practical application of what was taught in the required methods courses of the elementary education degree program. It was designed to avoid duplication of generic activities and to let students apply theory and teaching techniques in the classroom. It offered instruction at the university and real teaching experience in public schools (while supervised by expert teachers). The courses were in elementary science, math, language arts, and social studies. Each offered philosophies and theories for the content area plus instruction on materials, teaching methods, and techniques. To determine program effectiveness, students were surveyed at the end of the spring and fall semesters for 6 years, examining their attitudes toward theory and practical application in teacher education. The study noted whether they felt competent about subject matter, audiovisuals, classroom management and routine, and communication. Results found their attitudes more positive in the fall on all four measures. There was more disagreement between groups about subject matter and less disagreement regarding audiovisuals. Students felt well-prepared in communication. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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