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Colorado Teachers Report Training Inadequate

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Denver--Colorado teachers are critical of many of the teacher-training courses they took to prepare for their profession.

Asked by the Colorado Department of Education to rate the quality of their training in 27 subjects, more than 1,000 first- and third-year teachers expressed dissatisfaction with their preparation in student discipline, legal issues in education, working with gifted and talented students, facilitating parent-teacher cooperation, and working with culturally diverse groups of students.

Representing 13 teacher-training institutions in the state, the teachers who responded to the annual survey gave their highest ratings to their preparation in specific subject areas, the history of education, learning theory, instructional planning, and presenting information to a class.

Calvin M. Frazier, state commissioner of education, said the survey results provide him with a "tremendously effective basis for talking with deans and faculty" at teacher-training institutions throughout the state.

Prior to 1977, when the first such survey was conducted, state officials had no way to assess the effectiveness of teacher-preparation programs, Mr. Frazier said. Now, he said, he uses the survey results in his annual summer seminars with education-school deans and for his visits to teacher-training institutions during the year.

Mr. Frazier, president of the Council of Chief State School Officers, said he believes Colorado is the only state that conducts such an annual survey. "Something like this should be considered by all states,'' he suggested.

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