ERIC Number: ED250308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-22
Reference Count: 0
Recruitment, Selection, Retention and Graduation of Teacher Education Candidates.
In considering the problem of recruiting and retaining the most able candidates for teaching, five dilemmas facing the profession are discussed. They are: Equity vs. Excellence; Egalitarianism vs. Differentiation; Teaching: Art or Science; the Curriculum--Standardization vs. Individualization; and The Focus of Instruction. The following problems and questions are examined: (1) Raising standards for entry into teaching and teacher preparation may exclude minorities, older adults, naturalized citizens and others whose skills and talents are useful. However, not raising standards will make it difficult for teaching and teacher education to achieve professional status in the professional and academic communities. (2) Reformers are calling for career ladders, and differentiated rewards as a teacher displays special skills, knowledge, and initiative. However, teachers tend to cling to the egalitarian tradition that one teacher's opinions and contributions are equal to any others. (3) Can students be trained to do what good teachers do and be what good teachers are, or must some basic aptitudes and talents for teaching be present before training? (4) Will standardization of the teacher education curriculum negate the tradition of academic freedom? (5) Should the focus of instruction be on a standard curriculum or on the individual student? Some concrete recommendations are presented about initiatives which uinversities, teachers, and public agencies can pursue to attract competent students to teacher education and the field of teaching. (JD)
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 (San Francisco, CA, October 22-23, 1984). For related documents, see SP 025 564-595.