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This paper is concerned with the professional preparation of teachers and seek to set forth and evaluate the ideas which teachers in the field think would improve the chances of success for the teachers now in training. Obviously, the person to realize the advantages and disadvantages if the preparation which he has had. It is apparent also, that our present system of educating teachers is out of step with present day needs in some respects.

A small number of responses were received from the elementary group and therefore the conclusions which will be set forth in this article are predicated very largely upon the answers received from the others. Nevertheless, a high percentage of the suggestions and criticisms which the survey produced may be applied directly to the elementary schools.

Evaluation of answers was made somewhat difficult by the fact that in some cases a given answer was not that or an individual but of a committee of teachers. Of course, such a response is really entitled to more consideration, but to know just how much more is something belonging to speculative rather than mathematical thinking.

Many replies did not bear directly upon the question. Where replies do not seem to bear directly on the question considered, these will be placed at the end of each group under the heading of "Miscellaneous Replies". The responses from the committees especially, showed that the thinking was clear, concise and well organized.

In many cases several answers were grouped under one heading in the compilation. Perhaps there is a need for further grouping under basic fields, but in some cases we do not have the word or words to name the basic field. This is true especially, concerning basic traits for teachers.



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