ERIC Number: ED337427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-5
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Subject Specific Pedagogy: Are We Ready To Change Our Vision of Teaching?
Baker, Janet M.
Subject specific pedagogy represents current efforts to integrate the learning of content with the learning of pedagogy--a goal that has attracted and eluded teacher educators for more than a century. Debate over the relationship of professional education courses and academic subjects began soon after the founding of the first U.S. normal school. One of the three curriculum models that competed for acceptance during this period was the professional treatment approach, which promoted integration of education and academics so that the goal of producing a trained teacher would be apparent in every course. For more than a decade Pennsylvania's teachers colleges tried and failed to develop a professional curriculum that combined instruction in academics with instruction in pedagogy. This failure may be attributed to several factors that continue to obscure reform and fuel debate. These factors include confusion over the meaning of professionalism; status concerns of educators; the place of teacher education in higher education; the role of national reports; and the question of research. Research on subject specific pedagogy can provide a basis for development of a more technical knowledge base in teaching, thus advancing the mission of successfully integrating subject knowledge and pedagogy. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching; Knowledge Base for Teaching; Pennsylvania
Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (August 5, 1991).