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ERIC Number: ED111028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Competency-Based Teacher Education by a Former Industrial Worker/ Foreman/Production Supervisor.
Auerbach, Leo
Competency Based Teacher Education (CBTE) may be gathering a bandwagon momentum and arousing high expectations, but it needs a realistic examination. Some of the advantages of the CBTE movement are that it specifies student and teacher outcomes, helps individualize instruction, brings about cooperation between the public schools and the colleges in working out plans for improving education, and focuses attention on some of the major areas in education that need improvement. Some of the problems with CBTE are that there is an inadequate research base for identifying the factors which produce effective teaching, and any attempt to relate teacher skills to student achievement does not offer an empirical basis for the prescription of teacher training objectives. To the extent that CBTE omits consideration of variables like school, community, and home factors related to student achievement, the movement cannot support its claim of being scientific. Industry can teach some lessons about competency that are useful to the CBTE movement, but it also must be remembered that education is not a production process. Finally, it must be remembered that working to improve teacher education must not divert educators from working for overall reform. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Conference on English Education (13th, Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 20-22, 1975)