ERIC Number: ED158316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Compleat Literature Teacher: "A Generous Fish."
Small, Robert C., Jr.
A study of current curriculum guides indicates that the most important purposes generally agreed on for studying literature are related to enjoyment and insight for the student. Teacher preparation, on the other hand, has consisted mainly in producing English majors who emphasized historical periods, famous authors, and literary criticism. In 1968, the National Council of Teachers of English produced a statement of guidelines for teacher preparation in literature which emphasized knowledge and skills. In 1976, a new statement was prepared which emphasized the teacher as helper, guide, and facilitator. The new statement emphasizes English as something people do and use rather than something people know and study. The statement has much more emphasis than earlier ones on teacher qualities important to effective interaction. Since personal qualities are as important as scholarly ones, current teacher education strategies are not very effective. Part of the difficulty is that it is necessary to do more than identify teachers who have the preferred qualities; they must be produced. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to create a teacher model which depends on personal characteristics rather than on academic skills and such a model may be outdated by future changes of educational philosophy. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Council of Teachers of English
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on English Education (16th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 16-18, 1978)