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ERIC Number: ED113303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-1
Pages: 44
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Reference Count: 0
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Specification and Examination of Assumptions, Theoretical Model, and Competencies: First Three Steps toward Systemic Improvement of a Teacher Education Program.
Klingstedt, Joe Lars
This paper deals with the systems approach to educational program improvement, which is an approach that allows teacher educators to plan and direct change in a systematic and systemic way. Instead of having to deal with problems one at a time, a systems approach allows one to solve several problems at the same time. This paper focuses on the first three steps of the process--the specification and examination of assumptions, theoretical model, and competencies. The first section of the paper includes information related to terms associated with systems in general and assumptions in particular, the logical as well as the psychological value of assumptions, methods of identifying and grouping assumptions, and factors to be considered in assessing the acceptability and usability of assumptions. The second section deals with a theoretical model for teacher education, that is, a structural design of the conceptual and functional components of the total system. It discusses the following three major classes which are included in the concept of a theoretical model for teacher education: (1) professional bases, (2) professional actions, and (3) professional contexts. It also explains how one develops a theoretical model. The third section defines competencies and refers to them as the terminal objectives of a teacher education program. This section also includes a discussion of the seven basic approaches to the specification of program competencies, the operationalization of a competency statement, and how competencies should be sequenced and evaluated. (BD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper prepared for the Professional Development Center, Teacher Corps Project: Houston, Texas