ERIC Number: ED335314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring Teacher Education: The Austin Teacher Program Response.
Pierce, Virginia L.; And Others
This paper summarizes the current contexts of education and teacher education, describes the Austin Teacher Program's (Austin College, Texas) response to these contexts, and outlines salient features of the Austin Teacher Program redesign. Four common themes emerge from commentary during recent years on the status of American education: increasing external control; changing demographics; attracting quality teachers; and technological impact. The Austin Teacher Program faculty identified external and institutional constraints and influences on policy making and conducted a situation and goal analysis. The conclusions drawn from this process provided direction for redesign of the program and are reflected in the curriculum design and structures developed to support the program. To facilitate planning, a profile of an "Austin Teacher Program Graduate" was devloped. Four constructs were identified as a conceptual framework for guiding the redesign of the program: collaboration, inquiry, reflection, and critique. These constructs are built into each course and field experience of the 5-year program. The courses which make up the curriculum are briefly outlined. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Austin College TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (71st, New Orleans, LA, February 16-20, 1991).