January 23, 2012
Dr. Veronica I. Ent, associate professor and chair of the education department, and Ms. Kathleen H. Beining, instructor in education, have had an article, Mister Fred Rogers: A TV Teacher-Education Model for Pre-Service Teachers, accepted by a peer-reviewed publication, Selected Readings of the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA).
The accepted paper outlines the Fred Rogers Teaching Model as a message delivery technique in pre-service teacher and graduate education. The Model was developed based on a context analysis of the Mister Rogers Neighborhood program and the core principles of Fred Rogers. Recently, and at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, these eight components of the Fred Rogers Teaching Model have been put into practice as students are asked to apply and research the model further.
Graduate students research the model in greater depth and then demonstrate the model into practice while assessing its effectiveness. Undergraduate teacher candidates are shown demonstrations of the model and are taught to locate quality indicators of effectiveness, as well as teacher dispositions and other pro-social practices of Fred Rogers in an early hybrid field experience and early childhood teaching methods course.