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ERIC Number: ED021849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 5
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The Professional and Liberal Education of Teachers.
Fen, Sing-Nan
Peabody Journal of Education, v45 n3 p158-61 Nov 1967
The organic integration of professional training and liberal education is essential if teacher education programs are to succeed. Many required courses of questionable value in practical teacher training should be replaced with vital courses in the methods for teaching particular subjects. In addition, a teacher must acquire a personal philosophy of education which will help him to answer questions about why he is teaching, what his goals are, and how he should teach to achieve them. Many of the "so-called 'foundation courses'," in which this philosophy should be developed, are "the most irrelevant courses taught by incompetent professors;" and until these courses are modified and good teachers are found to teach them, they will hinder new teachers more than they will help. Deprived of practical training and of the justification of their activities, teachers lose self-respect and become mere civil servants; but with such training, they will become competent and confident enough to stand up for themselves and what they believe. (LH)
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