ERIC Number: ED250288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Next Generation of Teacher Preparation Programs.
Howey, Kenneth R.
Rapid social and demographic changes will have an impact on the future training of teachers. The emergence of an unmotivated urban student population from families who undervalue education will pose increasing problems for teachers. While teachers' knowledge of subject matter is essential, insights into the ecology of the classroom, the nature of the learner and learning, and a command of various teaching methodologies will be necessary. At present, several conditions constrain the quality of teacher preparation: (1) limited integration of a strong foundation in the arts and sciences; (2) limited integration of a strong clinical component throughout teacher education programs; (3) limited commitment of the best teachers and K-12 schools to teacher preparation; (4) lack of institutional characteristics and organizational features which provide coherence to programs and a sense of programmatic collegiality among faculty and students; and (5) limited numbers of courses and credits which define the scope of teacher education programs. The relationships between a markedly changing social demography and these five constraints is discussed. Studies on school effectiveness are cited as providing guidelines for improving teacher effectiveness in the future. Priorities for programmatic research and development are suggested. (JD)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Population Trends, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Length, Social Change, Social Class, Social Distribution, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission on Excellence in Teacher Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Commission on Excellence in Teacher Educ
Note: Seminar paper presented at a Hearing of the National Commission on Excellence in Teacher Education (Minneapolis, MN, September 25-26, 1984). For related documents, see SP 025 564-595.