ERIC Number: ED332967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Education and the Role of External Actors: Four Case Studies.
The interplay of institutional reform efforts and the role of external actors (public officials and agencies, private sector entities) have brought about changes in teacher education programs, e.g., fifth-year program innovations. A naturalistic case study approach was used to investigate structural and substantive changes in four extended teacher education programs that had made structural changes in the past 5-17 years. Each program moved from a 4- to a 5-year plan, increased academic requirements and field experiences, and made stronger connections to the client schools. From analysis of the data some generalizations can be made: (1) those programs that have changed and prevailed have demonstrated change in curriculum grounded on a well articulated knowledge base; and (2) the curriculum changes reflect a major change in priorities due to an interaction of internal and external actors and circumstances. The results of the case studies demonstrate that the impetus for change comes from a change in priorities, but that the interrelationships between the various publics may ultimately predict the direction of teacher education in a given institution. Five graphs and a bibliography are attached. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Austin College TX; Knowledge Base for Teaching; Northeast Missouri State University; University of Florida; University of New Hampshire
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).