This prograirme is closely linked with the correspondence text and does no b stand on its own. It shows two days in a classroom in a Letchworth Junior School, when part of the action research proje...ct described in the Unit was actually taking place. Clem Adelman, a member of the Project Team, based at the University of East Anglia, is shown taking a tape and slide recording of the teacher, Roger Pedler and his class. First, with camera and tape recorder he records, the afternoon's activities and then he interviews Roger Pedler about his teaching performance. The next day, when the slides have been developed, one particular section of the tape-slide recording is chosen for further analysis. This shows Roger Pedler talking with one group of children about various samples of water and animal life the children had recently collected from local ponds. Roger Pedler and Clem Adelman discuss this section first. This is followed by Clem Adelman discussing it with the children and then by Clem Adelman telling Roger Pedler the children's attitudes towards it. Finally, Roger Pedler shows the tape-slide recording to a group of teachers from other schools also involved in the project, and they discuss it further.
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|E203, Curriculum design and development
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|Clem Adelman; Bob Bell
|BBC Open University
|Activities; Tape-slide recording; Teacher performance; Waterlife research project; Wilbury Junior School
|The programme opens with Bob Bell explaining the work of Clem Adelman and the Ford Teaching Project over shots of a class in progress at Wilbury Junior School, Letchworth. The Project aims to encourage the "enquiry-discovery" method of learning. In interview Roger Pedlar, the teacher cooperating with Adelman, explains that his teaching comprises a mixture of old and new methods. Film of him taking a class, firstly for maths, then for conservation studies. Bell makes comments in voice-over. Pedlar expresses enthusiasm for the "enquiry-discovery" method of teaching. In voice-over he explains how the children depend upon him. In voice-over Bell explains the object of a class project to examine local pond water as part of their studies of conservation. This lesson forms part of the Ford Teaching Project and contains a prolonged sequence of Pedlar using the "enquiry-discovery" method with a group of girls. They examine pond water and from it draw conclusions about the pond and its environment. Adelman and Pedlar discuss the above lesson, using photographs and tape recordings taken by Adelman to analyse specific points. They consider the particular problem of leading children, rather than allowing their own enquiries to dictate the pattern of the lesson. Adelman plays the same sequence to the girls involved in the lesson. They give their opinions of how the lesson went and how Pedlar guided them. Adelman and Pedlar then discuss the girls' comments. They dwell on the sudden change of subject matter which the girls objected to. Adelman and Pedlar agree that this ought to be avoided. In voice-over Bell explains that the Ford Teaching Project includes meetings between participating teachers. The programme concludes with a sequence in which a group of teachers discuss Pedlar's handling of the lesson on pond water samples.
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