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A Laboratory Technique for Practice Teaching

by Charles Russell - 1923

The technique for observation and participation used in the Division of Elementary Education of the University of the City of Toledo,1 was outlined in a recent article in THE RECORD.2 That article gave the reasons which made the particular technique described necessary and possible, outlined the development of the laboratory proper in the public schools of the city, explained the organization of the eight school grades into four divisions, showed how the master teachers were selected, outlined the plan of conferences at the University which constituted an extension to the laboratory proper, so to speak, and described the technique of the administration and grading of the laboratory experimentation. As was there stated the relation between the observation and the practice teaching is very close. Beginning with a maximum of observation and a minimum of participation the plan is to decrease the one and increase the other to a point where there is a maximum of participation and a minimum of observation. Thus for purposes of convenience only, the part of the course there described is called "Observation and Participation," taking its name from those elements which are there most prominent; and the latter half of the course, which is described in this article, is called "Practice Teaching," in accordance with tradition. There is no sharp break between the two sections of the work. They are in reality parts of the same whole, and the fact that they are divided is largely a matter of administrative convenience.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 24 Number 5, 1923, p. 446-458
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6065, Date Accessed: 9/30/2020 2:21:38 AM

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