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ERIC Number: ED126009
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Competency Based Teacher Education: Pleasures and Perils.
Bowren, Fay F.
Although many universities are involved in competency based teacher education programs, Illinois State University has probably had the most experience (as of this time) with this instructional model in terms of program breadth and student involvement. In the three years of its operation, the competency based teacher education program for secondary school teachers has enrolled approximately 1,900 students per semester. This program, entitled Professional Education Sequence, covers eight required semester hours of teacher education encompassing the areas of American Public Education, Secondary School Reading, and Secondary School Methods and Curriculum. From the experience of Illinois State University's competency based teacher education program, various advantages and problems of this model in instruction have been uncovered in the following areas: (1) Competency based programs are built around meaningful instructional objectives that are behaviorally stated so that they can be observed or measured in terms of student learning rather than teacher activity; (2) Competency based instruction is criterion referenced rather than norm referenced so there is no need for grades; (3) Students can receive immediate feedback concerning their progress in reaching the desired proficiency in each teaching skill; (4) Competency based instruction is multi-media oriented and is one of the most flexible models of teacher education; (5) Students are actively involved in the learning activities. They participate, interact with the materials, and work with the faculty on a one-to-one basis. (MM)
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