ERIC Number: ED220449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Water Around Our Ankles, Fingers in the Hold, Where Is the Life Raft.
Hall, Gene E.; Hord, Shirley M.
From a general overview presented of the current state of teacher education, proposals for improvement and development are suggested: (1) Teacher education should be the basis for the pulling together of the various mini-disciplines that now exist; (2) Teacher education associations should be merged into one influential organization; (3) Support networks for sharing information and working on common problems should be established; (4) Departments of teacher education should be established to encompass the present teacher education subgroups that are loosely interconnected; (5) Education faculty should be assigned office space not by subject matter taught but in such a way that interaction and collaboration may take place easily and thus encourage interdisciplinary dialogue about all programs; (6) Collaboration between professionals in the field and college based teacher educators should be encouraged; (7) Colleges of advanced education and professional graduate schools should be established; (8) Potential teachers should be put directly into the field with a bachelor's degree and allowed to learn on the job; (9) Independent agencies or contractors on an industrial basis who will train teachers should be established; (10) Teacher education programs should be organized and designed in terms of a professional continuum rather than a dichotomy with preservice distinctly separated from inservice; (11) Programs and resources should be developed to support beginning teachers for the first 3 years of teaching; (12) More emphasis should be placed on staff development for teacher educators; (13) Teacher educators should have the opportunity to teach school age students in the field; (14) A national diffusion network for teacher educators should be established; (15) Establish a journal for research and development in teacher education; and (16) The importance of continuous and constructive evaluation in teacher education should be recognized. (JD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Futures (of Society), Graduate Study, Higher Education, Organizational Change, Professional Associations, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Schools of Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Teacher Orientation
Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, University of Texas at Austin, Ed. Annex 3.203, Austin, TX 78712 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).