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ERIC Number: ED417188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-26
Pages: 38
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Practice Makes Perfect: Prospective Teachers Develop Skills in Decision-Making.
John, Martha Tyler; Norton, Robert
Preservice teachers must develop decision making skills and feel comfortable with decision making processes. Prospective teachers at MidAmerican Nazarene College (MNU), Kansas, are involved in a research based output system called the Decision-Making Packet (DMP). DMP's are units of study that allow students choice and require their pupils to take responsibility for their own education. DMP's can be developed on almost any topic and are designed to maximize pupil independence. Students contract with teachers, outlining activities they will complete during the week. DMP materials are available for use by pupils throughout the day. There are many suggested activities, which give pupils choices about the topic. The activities account for preferences in learning style. The DMP offers many grouping structures, including teacher directed, individual, small group, and partner activities. Students at MNU must choose an interdisciplinary theme, participate in skills and motivational activities, and utilize several decision making steps in order to complete the packet of instructional materials designed for classroom use. The decision making stages include developing content outline, making modifications based on research, developing activities, sharing presentations with classmates, and presenting to faculty for evaluation. This paper describes the DMP training process, using as an example a unit on Africa. It presents examples of parts of a packet, including topic overview, content outline, behavioral objectives, pretest and posttest assessment, student contracts, student motivators, developmental activities, culminating activities, assessment, resources, and accompanying worksheets. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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