ERIC Number: ED218278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Teacher Education.
Sandefur, J. T.
Part of a 1968 commencement address by John W. Gardner is used in this paper as a foundation for explaining the status of teacher education and as a background for proposals on six teacher education issues. In Gardner's speech, an imaginary view of what scholars, living in an authoritarian society of the twenty-third century, will think of twentieth century society, is presented. These "scholars" blamed unrestricted efforts to change societal institutions for the collapse of twentieth century civilization. The observations of the "scholars" were that twentieth century institutions were designed to obstruct change and were not capable of continuous renewal, and that they faced a continuous crossfire between uncritical supporters and nonsupportive critics. These points are used to illustrate the problems faced in teacher education, particularly in regard to maintaining inflexible positions on current issues. Six issues are described in which teacher educators are urged to take a proactive position: (1) accreditation of teacher education institutions; (2) competency assessment of teachers; (3) extended 5-year programs; (4) selective admission standards to teacher education programs; (5) teacher supply and demand; and (6) governance and collaboration between the training institutions and the practicing profession. The summary acknowledges the bleak outlook presented in the paper, but stresses the importance of proactive criticism through professional organizations. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Columbus, OH, April 15, 1982).