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In this programme a social studies lesson given by a student teacher to eight teenagers is analysed by Michael Argyle, Reader in Social Psychology, Oxford, Peter McPhail, director of the Schools Co...uncil Moral Education Project, by the student teacher himself, Andrew Dawson, and by Victor Lee, lecturer in educational studies at the Open University. The programme shows edited excerpts from a taped lesson given in the Alexandra Palace TV studio. After Andrew Dawson, the student teacher, introduces the subject of the Los Angeles race riots the fifth form pupils read a description of the riot followed by a discussion of the issues arising from the text. The lesson is divided up into a number of short excerpts and each excerpt is discussed. Various points about teaching method, teacher control, and the use of language are brought up. In the final section of the programme Peter McPhail teaches the same teenagers in the same classroom environment and comparisons between the different approaches are discussed. The focus is on the nature of the interaction that goes on between learner and teacher, and on the sorts of assumptions the teacher makes about what is going on in the classroom. In particular, the use of role-playing is discussed. This programme has a secondary objective of showing the usefulness of videotape as a medium for teacher training.
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Module code and title: E281, Personality growth and learning
Item code: E281; 04
Recording date: 18-06-1971
First transmission date: 29-04-1972
Published: 1972
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Duration: 00:24:25
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Producer: David Seligman
Contributors: Michael Argyle; Andrew Dawson; Victor Lee; Peter McPhail
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Los Angeles race riots; Role-playing; Social studies lessons; Student teacher; Teacher control; Teacher training; Teacher/pupil interaction; Teaching method; Teenagers; Use of language
Footage description: Student teacher Andrew Dawson is shown beginning a social studies lesson with 8 teenagers in a studio 'classroom'. He introduces the subject: Los Angeles race riots. Victor Lee explains the theme of the programme relationships that develop within the educational group. He introduces Michael Argyle and Peter McPhail, respectively Reader in Social Psychology at Oxford and Director of the Schools Council Moral Education Project, who discuss with Andrew Dawson his initial approach to the lesson. The class is seen continuing in a reading session. Dawson deals with minor disciplinary problems. Argyle comments on discipline, McPhail on the problems of class reading. Dawson gives his analysis of the situation. Dawson leads the class in a discussion. They are unresponsive. Dawson, Argyle and McPhail consider how to generate spontaneous discussion. The need to relate the subject to the personal experience of the students is discussed. A later stage in the discussion shows some participation by the class, on what caused the riot. Dawson' s 'dominant' style is analysed by McPhail and Argyle. They question whether it is preferable to lead the class from point to point or allow the discussion to develop freely. The final 'classroom' sequence shows McPhail leading the discussion in place of Dawson. He adopts a more personal approach and introduces role playing to get the class more involved. The studio team consider the differences of approach and suggest that the more personal involvement is a useful means of leading into rational discussion. Victor Lee closes the programme by raising the question as to how far the techniques considered can be applied in teacher education.
Master spool number: 6HT/70316
Production number: 00521_2607
Videofinder number: 630
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