ERIC Number: ED250770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Training of Teachers: A Dubious Record.
LoGerfo, James W.
The training of teachers may be the most important component in any attempt at successful and productive educational reform. The core of the crisis will remain until there are thoughtful, substantive reforms in this area. A teaching license or certificate is required in order to teach in a public school. In order to highlight the problem of teacher training, interviews were conducted with a group of students who enrolled in a New Jersey state college's education courses. Deficiencies in the present system were revealed and solutions pointed out. The typical minimum program of five courses was found to be uniformly unsatisfactory. There was little correlation between course content and actual classroom experience or the catalog description; and the teachers advocated outdated theories, were ill-prepared, made minimal demands of students, discussed unrelated topics in class, and used only a portion of the allotted class time. Such problems are due to the creation of course requirements and courses as a concession to pressure groups or legislators, and to lack of a broad cultural education for teachers of education courses. Among the solutions discussed are opening the profession to broadly educated liberal arts graduates without compelling them to endure a series of frustrating education courses and establishing the following as principle requirements for education students: subject area competence, a suitable personality, and a sense of mission. (DCS)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Cultural Education, Education Courses, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Public Education, Relevance (Education), Schools of Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Certification, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educator Education, Teacher Educators, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Salaries
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey
Note: In: Marshner, Connaught, Ed. A Blueprint for Education Reform. p75-110. For the complete document, see EA 017 236.