ERIC Number: ED185224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Effectiveness of Urban Schools: Teacher Education.
Miller, LaMar P.
Inservice programs for teachers and other educational personnel can increase the effectiveness of urban schools by upgrading the quality of school programs for children. Although social forces are partly responsible for the problems confronting urban schools, it is necessary to use existing knowledge to improve education under present conditions. Many problems of secondary education arise from a feeling of being unable to cope with the education of young people in urban environments. A framework for dealing with adolescents should be based on both cognitive and affective components, though many urban programs emphasize the affective at the expense of the cognitive. Teachers' abilities to effect changes in cognitive behavior can be enhanced through field-based inservice programs. A well-integrated inservice program should be characterized by the following features: (1) autonomous functioning of inservice units including budgetary discretion; (2) formalized opportunies for input from the community and other outside agencies; (3) teacher participation in design and operation of inservice training; (4) school based training conducted by individuals with expertise and experience including teachers; and (5) assessment of the training program by teachers without fear of sanctions. (Author/MK)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Inservice Teacher Education, Professional Training, Program Development, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Teacher Improvement, Urban Education
Not available separately; See UD 020 524
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: For related documents see UD 020 524-537. Paper presented at the Conference for Urban Educators (Madison, WI, 1978).