ERIC Number: ED248216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge of Reform: Preservice Teacher Education Policy in Florida. The View at the Institution.
Backman, Carl A.
Using the University of West Florida as a case study, six major dilemmas facing institutions as they attempt to implement reforms caused by recent changes in state-level teacher education policies are identified: (1) keeping abreast of events including reform proposals; (2) providing input to reform panels; (3) dealing with public relations; (4) coping with reform when resources are not increased; (5) providing time to validate changes; and (6) reconciling institutional philosophies and legislative mandates. The problems and challenges presented by each of these dilemmas are discussed within the framework of how they have been met at the University, and how they have affected policy making decisions within the college of education. Reactions of administration and faculty to legislative recommendations for changes are discussed. It is noted that the greatest challenges appear to be finding ways to use the visibility afforded teacher education as leverage to secure resources needed to implement desired changes, and maintaining the legitimacy of colleges of education as the principal component of the institutions responsible for teacher education. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of West Florida
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).