1974:


American Samoa 1974 Annual Report to the secretary of the interior.

Prepared by The Office of Samoan Information Pago Pago.
John M. Haydon (Rep)

Governor of American Samoa


 

Teacher training

Teacher training

By 1974, educational television was relegated to paragraph 8 in the report and reads thus:

The redirection of television instruction in the elementary schools has resulted in a decrease in the number of televised lessons per week at all grade levels, especially grades seven and eight. The bulk of television lessons are now directed at English language development.

Television education appears again in the 16th paragraph:

During Fiscal Year 1974 the Instructional Television Division produced 45 teacher’s guides, student instructional materials for 37 courses, videotapes for 40 courses and in-service workshops for teaching science, elementary math, and music, as well as for curriculum development in social studies and secondary science.

Some 70 percent of instructional television programming in American Samoa is devoted to English language teaching. However, a 1973 attitude survey showed that 91 percent of the elementary teachers and principals indicated a desire for continued use of television in social studies, science and math as well as oral English and language arts.

An important change that continued to take place during Fiscal Year 1974 was the use of permanent tapes. As the level of language competency has stabilized at lower elementary levels, it has been possible to use televised materials for more than one year.

During Fiscal Year 1974, eighth-grade teachers played a major role in course design for a new social studies course. They designed activities for the television teacher to implement for the course and their students created television programs for use in social studies and language arts classes.

Another new development was the use of live television in instruction. Many seventh and eighth graders participated directly in televised oral English lessons, without leaving their classrooms. In an innovative English series, students in the classroom used the telephone to talk directly to the television teacher during live telecasts. In the next school year, this feature will be utilized for eighth-grade social studies activities.

The Instructional Television system is undergoing changes toward more classroom autonomy, towards less structured materials, towards more individualization of instruction and toward greatly expanded curriculum offerings. (well – it is the 70’s, but it sounds, to this researcher and educator, as the end of any sensible approach.)  These changes were underway in the fiscal Year 1974 and will continue in future years. (Haydon, 1974: 18,19).

 

 

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