ERIC Number: ED374127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Education, Schools and Industry Links.
Appleton, Ken; Garbutcheon Singh, Michael
Education and, in particular teacher education, has been criticized for a lack of relevance to the needs of industry and the work place. These criticisms originated in the political and economic context of recession and a changing role for Australia in the global marketplace. Schools have responded to the criticisms in a number of ways, but teacher education has been slow to respond. This paper explores the relationship between teacher education, schools, and industry, the context of the criticism of the education sector, responses and proposals which have been made public, and alternative proposals. Some ideas about how teacher education might articulate and engage with industry and business and how the needs of teachers might be met by teacher educators are critically examined. Some of these ideas are: (1) requiring teacher educators to spend regular periods as teachers every few years to improve the relevance of their experience; (2) developing students' knowledge of particular aspects of regional businesses and industries; and (3) redefining the work and role of teacher educators. The view that teacher educators need to be in touch with contemporary educational policies is supported, but the criticisms and remedies proposed are not viewed as entirely valid or appropriate. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Teacher Education Association (24th, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, July 3-6, 1994).