Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs

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The curriculum changes in the social studies from the expostulatory method with history and economics content, to the inductive method with an interdisciplinary approach which included all the social studies, made it difficult for those prepared in the traditional teacher education patterns to adapt to the "new social studies." It was the purpose of this study to survey the programs recommended by selected colleges of education, and to survey the programs preferred by the school districts. This study also attempted to survey any changes that had taken place in teacher preparation on the one hand, and any changes in teaching problems in the schools.

A preliminary letter of invitation to participate in an assessment of teacher preparation was sent to no more than three selected colleges of education, having a student population of over 20,000, in each state. Three selected school districts, varied as to size, were contacted in each state where a college of education was invited to participate.

The data indicated that a teacher education program, which was interdisciplinary in scope and which was coordinated by the academic disciplines in cooperation with the department of education, was the first choice of both the colleges of education and the school districts. This reflected an increase in preference for this program in the last fifteen years. Some changes were noted in the rank order of importance of several common educational problems over the last fifteen years.

These findings seemed to indicate that the education degree was least popular with both sets of respondents, while the cooperatively sponsored interdisciplinary program was preferred. This would seem to indicate a need for increased interdepartmental cooperation.

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Secondary Education

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Department Name

Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy

First Committee Member (Chair)

Alvin Wendell Howard

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Third Committee Member

William Barton Runge

Fourth Committee Member

George Stoumbis