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ERIC Number: ED080511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 12
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The Hidden Curriculum of Competency Based Teacher Education.
Horton, Lowell
The advantages of competency-based programs may indeed outweigh the disadvantages, but it is still fitting that teacher educators be aware of the disadvantages. In competency-based education, teaching acts are given priority over principles that guide the act. If we do no more than prepare teachers to respond to specific stimuli in predictable ways, we are producing teachers who are obsolete as soon as the stimuli change. Competency-based education is cannon fodder for the educational establishment, perpetuating technical expertise rather than educational methodology that sets the mind free to question and probe. Too often the need for acquiring information demeans the individual, and while it is possible to build the individual's assimilation of his experiences into programs of competency-based teacher education, too often it is not done. More importantly, competency-based education is based on the assumptions that there is no controversy about what is important for teachers to know and do and that man needs to be manipulated by those in authority in order for him to do what he should. The cry for accountability coupled with the financial squeeze in teacher education institutions has caused educators to seek easy answers. Perhaps good teacher education programs can be defined by those easy devices it refused to accept. (JA)
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