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ERIC Number: ED384574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Student Teachers and Curriculum Change.
MacLennan, Carol
This study was carried out in Hong Kong to determine: (1) if the aims and objectives identified by various groups of students reflect those set out in official course prescriptions; (2) in what ways these aims are similar; and (3) in what ways they are different from officially stated course prescriptions. Participants included a group of 58 uncertified preservice student teachers in their second or third year of a teacher education course, one group of certificated inservice teachers, and one group of uncertificated inservice teachers. The results of the study indicate that there is a mismatch between official aims and the aims recognized by student participants, and suggest that student teachers may be approaching their studies with a narrow view of education as a product rather than recognizing the importance of the overall education process. While the official aims of the Colleges of Education are to develop students to their full potential and to serve the community, 51 percent of the survey respondents stated practical teaching skills as the overall purpose of a teacher education course. The product-oriented view of education suggests that students do not fully understand the role independent study plays in tertiary education. The report concludes that the challenge for teacher educators may be that students still need to be taught how to learn, not in the sense of old-fashioned study skills, but in terms of monitoring their own learning so that they invest time in actively developing their potential. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong