ERIC Number: ED348362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teacher as Change Agent: Helping Preservice Teachers Articulate Their Visions.
Kaufman, Judith S.; McDonald, Janet L.
This paper describes the impact on preservice teachers of an education course entitled "Teacher as Change Agent" which was inaugurated in 1991 at Union College (Schenectady, New York). The course represents a concerted effort to help beginning teachers bridge the gap between the real and ideal in public education without losing their sense of idealism. Data were collected through in-depth interviews with nine interns completing a year-long Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. During the interviewing process, students were asked about their reasons for going into teaching, their ideals at the beginning of the year-long program, changes in ideals as a result of teaching internships and coursework, and the current status of their ideals. Additional data were collected from weekly journals kept by the 35 student interns, instructors' notes, and weekly reaction papers. Four periods in the interns' retrospective accounts of the program and their teaching were discerned: (1) a naive idealism; (2) confrontation with the realities and complexities of teaching, with focus turning to content and pedagogy; (3) a pessimism and depression that in part reflected the socialization of schools and an inability to bring ideals into the classroom; and (4) the re-emergence of ideals as interns began to see themselves as potential agents of change due to the explicit focus in seminar. The syllabus for the course, "Teacher as Change Agent" is appended. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Idealism; Preservice Teachers; Reality Orientation; Union College NY
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).