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ERIC Number: ED459173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Effective Unit Planning: From Theory to Reality.
Travis, Dennis B.; Follo, Eric
This study explored the extent to which the development of written teaching units in university methods courses was useful in preparing teachers, noting ways in which practicing teachers designed and organized subject matter in the form of written units. Participants were preservice elementary teachers enrolled in an Oakland University methods course, preservice elementary teachers who had completed student teaching, and experienced elementary teachers from nearby school districts (the Detroit metropolitan area). Researchers used both written survey questionnaires and telephone interviews. Preservice teachers reported that the experience of writing detailed unit plans in their methods course was more useful in terms of process skills acquired than in the actual product (unit) they developed. Experienced teachers indicated that time may be a limiting factor in the development of detailed written plans. The experienced teachers utilized a combination of sources and strategies to select and organize content to be taught. While most included the curriculum prescribed by their district or building, a significant number of the elementary teachers reported that they organized content in the form of integrated themes. (Contains 12 references and 5 tables.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A