ERIC Number: ED436506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-19
Theory as Espoused and Practiced in a Technical College.
Padgett, Dara D.
This qualitative study focused on the theories and practices of two electronics instructors at a small, rural technical college, one with formal teacher education in vocational education and one with no formal teacher training. The instructors completed survey instruments to determine their theoretical frameworks. This included the Cognitive Interest Inventory, which provided a means of identifying beliefs for analysis using the theory of knowledge-constitutive interests, and the Educational Philosophy Inventory, which measured their beliefs about essentialism, behaviorism, progressivism, existentialism, perennialism, and reconstructionism. The researcher interviewed the instructors and their students, observed their classes, and reviewed the college catalog. Both instructors revealed a good match between espoused theories and their teaching practices. The two instructors were primarily technical in both their theories and practices relative to their current jobs. The most striking difference found was that one instructor seemed more student-centered, and the other instructor seemed more subject-centered. The paper examines and discusses the impact of teacher training based on the study findings. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Point Clear, AL, November 17-19, 1999).