ERIC Number: ED044363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Education Is Field Services.
Extension and field services divisions of universities and new outside agencies will have to be utilized in a new approach to teacher education. Colleges and graduate schools cannot remain the dominating force. Because of the age and needs of undergraduates and the background of college professors, colleges neither help practicing teachers nor prepare undergraduates to enter teaching and to be effective in situations where they are needed. Public schools cannot control teacher preparation either; they can only condition people to cope. Only a new kind of institution, e.g., the cooperative center, can include the necessary components of a sound program: a sequence of field experiences beginning with actual tutoring, then assisting, interning, and finally observing; clinical personnel who actually perform as well as verbalize what they do as teacher educators; preparation of people in cross roles, learning role relationships and expectations during preparation; coordination between industry, schools, professional associations, community agencies, and state departments in a redistribution of power which breaks the axis between colleges and state departments; career-long affiliation between teachers and universities with education of teachers in groups; "selection" process based on first-year performance; preparation of teachers for various teaching functions; and a flexible behavioral approach as opposed to "courses." Students, unions, and community will all gain more control. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Association for Field Services in Teacher Education.
Note: Speech given at 44th Annual Meeting, The Association for Field Services in Teacher Education