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The Teacher Market Glut: Some Guidelines.
Wiener, William K.
This paper discusses the problem of the oversupply of teachers and presents some guidelines for developing a differentiated and flexible teacher education program as a means of producing a marketable teacher. A differentiated and flexible teacher education program would take into account local, state, and regional teacher needs, which would necessitate the establishment of regional communications networks between the teacher training institutions and local school districts. A guided program of educational experiences with all types of children on all grade levels and with student interaction with inservice teachers, administrators, and members of the community would serve as a basis for area specialization or withdrawal from the program and would give the student a perspective on the reality of children, teachers, and schools. If the student elects to continue, the last two years of his or her undergraduate program may be spent at a consortium institution of specialization. Area consortia composed of institutions that specialize in one or two areas would provide a differentiated pattern of teacher education that would allow consortium members to concentrate on excellence. Finally, this program would necessitate redefining the role of teacher trainer, changing it from one of a supplier of student teachers to one of an active participant in staff development. (PD)
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