ERIC Number: ED127274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Word and the Thing: Ways of Seeing the Teacher. A Statement Regarding Teacher Education, Teacher Accountability, Evaluation and the Teacher as a Researcher.
Cook, Ann; Mack, Herb
One of a series of monographs to encourage reexamination of evaluation issues and perspectives about schools and schooling, this booklet is a statement on teacher education, teacher accountability, evaluation, and the teacher as researcher. Included are an introduction and five subsequent sections: (1) Educational Jargon; (2) The Open Education Experience; (3) The Teacher as Planner; (4) The Teacher As Researcher; and (5) Implications for the Future. It is made clear that such problems as the misuse of language, the inexpensive quick solution, inadequate teacher preparation and support, emphasis on one-dimensional evaluation schemes, and a lack of attention to process skills can be identified and attacked. However, while an attempt to redress some of the worst excesses in these areas may be essential, it is important to understand that the overall changes required are more fundamental. The requisite bureaucratic and institutional reorganization will not be achieved quickly. Strategies designed to effect change in large systems will not be uniformly accepted nor uncritically adopted. Results will not be achieved overnight. While professionals, laymen, and parents alike must certainly begin by defining problems and by being prepared to confront them, while they must be willing to examine attitudes, risk mistakes, and nurture individual strengths; they must also understand the full implication of the undertaking. A well-organized and long-term effort will be required if the ultimate goal is to affect the quality of life in the society. (DMT)
Descriptors: Accountability, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Field Instruction, Open Education, Planning, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Teacher Education, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Role
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. African Studies Program.