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ERIC Number: ED102128
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CB/PBTE--The Wrong Road.
Barlow, Thomas A.
The present controversies concerning competency-based/performance-based teacher education (CB/PBTE) are not new. The scientific approach to teaching, in the form of Herbartian theory, was prevalent at the turn of the century. At the same time however, Dewey's ideas on teaching the whole child and teaching as an art were beginning to enter into educational thinking. Presently, the scientific orientation seems to be more popular, but there are several factors that will determine its fate--and perhaps portend its doom. CB/PBTE uses a single-track model. This leaves little room for imagination and creativity on the part of the teacher. It utilizes a single philosophical approach and fits the student into a mold instead of allowing the student to use a model which he/she, has developed to fit his/her personality and which is congruent with his/her own philosophy. Although advocates of CB/PBTE claim they achieve objectivity in their programs, the subjective judgment of the program developer(s) plays a major role at every step in the program. Finally, CB/PBTE is a technical-mechanical process, and because teaching deals with human beings, it can only be a technical-mechanical undertaking to a very small extent. Teacher education must be as flexible and diverse as the pluralistic society it seeks to serve. (PB)
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