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ERIC Number: ED127640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 17
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Some Concerns of a Teacher Educator for the Preparation of Future Communication Teachers.
Newcombe, P. Judson
Teacher educators need to standardize levels of achievement both for admission to and for graduation from communications programs. Competency-based education may help to establish standards of behavior which are objectively measurable, but the fact that this approach is often implemented for political rather than educational reasons demands that caution be exercised in accepting this method. Similarly, educational innovations in materials, methods, and concepts are often made on the basis of persuasive arguments rather than on empirical evidence of their worth. Evaluation of the academic preparation of teachers should gauge not only knowledge of methods of instruction but also attainment of skills in the specific content area. Prospective teachers should learn also that theories are speculations, not facts; the encouragement of varied viewpoints is essential. Finally, the areas of decision making and control in teacher education must be clarified. (KS)
Publication Type: Books
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Note: Paper prepared for the special edition of "Communication, Journal of the Communication Association of the Pacific" compiled for the C.A.P. Convention (Kobe, Japan, June 1976)