ERIC Number: ED028972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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The Year 2000: Teacher Education.
Van Til, William
In speculating about the future, scholar-prophets can account for future social changes (such as those induced by computer technology) by extrapolating current trends, but "systems breaks," or sudden changes in the characteristics of a system (caused by biological transformations for instance) may invalidate their predictions. With that in mind, American society, education, and teacher education in the year 2000 will be discussed. Over 300 million Americans (75-80 percent in urban areas) will comprise a leisure-oriented society functioning with a shorter work week, sabbaticals for laborers, computer technology, an intellectual leadership group, and persisting social ills. The greatest increase in school enrollment percentages will occur in colleges, which could be supported by the nation with its GNP of $3 trillion. The teacher, who will be a member of a differentiated staff, may use a curriculum developed by professional federations and teach in a school serving more than academic needs. Attendance at a four-year liberal arts college, with more laboratories and field trips, may precede two years of professional education, which will also be extended to inservice teachers (during thei r working day) and specialists and paraprofessionals (on sabbaticals). A split between two kinds of teacher educators, scientific researchers and humanistic philosophers, may be on the horizon. (LP)
Indiana State University, Department of Education and Psychology, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
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Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute.