ERIC Number: ED049188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
The Impossible Imperatives: Power, Authority, and Decision Making in Teacher Education.
Collins, Evan R.
The past year has found universities in trouble. During the previous decade, the emphasis was on the expansion of existing institutions and the development of new ones in order to accommodate the growing numbers of students. However, there was no grasp of the major contemporary problems in the social and political fields and the changes which they have produced in the motivations, aspirations, and values of students. The present generation is different, both in composition and character, from its predecessors. The preparation of teachers and school personnel has suffered from additional problems and has failed to maintain the balance between practical experience and academic prestige. Cooperating teachers have not been called on to participate as equals in program discussions or policy formation, but have been treated as second-class citizens, with the result that the teachers are now claiming the right to decide who shall be candidates for the profession and by what standards teachers shall be prepared. There are two related solutions--to redefine the purposes of the university and to realign the preparation of teachers. Both call for a distinction to be made between the concepts of power and authority, with the purpose of the university recognized as a precarious consensus between the practitioners in the classroom and the faculty members. (MBM)
Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Problems, Facility Expansion, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Universities
Order Dept., American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. ($0.75; discount on orders of five or more)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Twelfth Charles W. Hunt Lecture