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ERIC Number: ED121715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 11
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The Thrust and Scope of Teacher Centers and the Prospects for Curriculum Improvement.
Romero, J. Christian; Heerman, Charles E.
California State University, Chico (CSU, Chico) has had a teacher center program underway for two years. By coupling the concept of centers with the traditional California requirement of a fifth year of professional training for preservice teachers CSU, Chico has designed, within a 70-mile radius of the campus, 14 teacher training centers, each having a two-phase program. Phase I includes coursework requirements along with a participatory observation experience. During Phase II the participants teach three classes and attend an on-site, semester-long seminar in teaching methodology. CSU, Chico has included in its center's scope a systematic approach to curriculum improvement from the "people perspective." In terms of the product dimension of curriculum improvement, however, the scope of the centers has not been realized. The teaching-learning environment is energetic; but the curriculum product is not systematically considered and improved. The British system assumes a different thrust and scope. Its thrust is inservice training while the scope remains curriculum improvement. British center goals are more obtainable because the school system is supported by the national government. Thus, the teachers have more control, a choice of what and how they teach, and more adequate resources. By making preservice a priority, the CSU, Chico program has not been able to sustain either a systematic inservice effort or a total effort at curriculum improvement. It seems, then, that centering must have an inservice thrust and adequate resources in order to be successful in curriculum improvement. (DMT)
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