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ERIC Number: ED111763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 9
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HETFIRE: Reactions to a Grand Scheme.
Bauer, Norman J.
The purpose of this paper is to define HETFIRE (the title of a report by the Higher Education Task Force on Improvement and Reform in American Education), and to identify and discuss the key elements contained in HETFIRE. The task force was established in 1972 to determine and conceptualize the best thinking of the higher education teacher education community concerning the reform of American education. The report presented the following three recommendations: (1) accelerated educational reform; (2) creation of personnel development centers; and (3) partnership or shared responsibility in teacher education. The report suggested a number of significant issues, three of which are examined and challenged in this paper. This paper states that the questions of the purposes which formal schooling should serve is completely ignored in HETFIRE; hence we continue to retain and support a conservative, subject-matter centered, alienating form of education. The paper also disagrees with HETFIRE's suggestion that university professors move into the realm of pragmatic problem solving in the schools. Instead of its confusing the roles of theoreticians and practitioners, the paper suggests that the HETFIRE report should have urged the continued need and support for educational theoreticians at all institutions preparing teachers. The paper also disagrees with HETFIRE's advocacy of giving equal power to teachers, school administrators, community groups, representatives of industry, and interested lay people. (BD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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