ERIC Number: ED063255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Teacher Education is a Four Letter Word. A Summary.
Koff, Robert H.
The aims of this paper are a) to examine teacher education in terms of contemporary economic and societal forces, b) to develop a precise statement about the current state of teacher education, and c) to describe a socio-psychological theory of socialization to the role of teacher having broad application to teacher education. The study was based on the analysis of books and articles describing the inadequacies of public school education, teachers, and teacher education institutions. This analysis revealed four major findings: 1) There are few, if any, skills of teaching whose superiority can be counted as empirically established. 2) Teacher education programs are doing very little that is different from what they did 5 years ago to train teachers to work with minority groups and low income areas. 3) Teacher education is an economic arrangement within a school of education and its larger university community; the changing role of the teacher, the increasing teacher surplus, and increased emphasis on instruction technology will greatly affect this economic arrangement as well as teacher selection, training, and placement practices. 4) Teacher education suffers from an imbalanced, fragmented, and obsolete curriculum. Suggested areas of development and a 20-item bibliography are included. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Ill., April 1972