ERIC Number: ED134566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Real World of the Teacher Educator: A Look to the Near Future.
Clark, David L.
Eight predictions present a view of the near future (five to seven years) for schools, colleges, and departments of education (SCDEs). Prior to discussion of the predictions, five common errors in planning which undermine efforts to generate reality-based action plans are introduced. They are: (1) overgeneralization and oversimplifying; (2) overemphasizing external impact factors; (3) overestimating the malleability and/or negative consequences of contextual factors; (4) assuming the inevitability of futures; (5) practicing problem displacement. With these errors in mind, the following eight predictions are ventured: (1) there will be a decrement in real funds available in SCDEs to support the range of basic functions assigned to such units; (2) enrollment in teacher education programs will continue to decline and funds to support the instruction functions of SCDEs will also decline; (3) fiscal support for knowledge production activities or research and development in SCDEs will decline; (4) fiscal support of SCDE involvement in knowledge utilization activities will increase; (5) program quality in SCDEs will decline; (6) current perceptions held by some clients and policy makers that SCDEs are not performing adequately in either teacher education and/or knowledge utilization programs will increase; (7) there will be a loss of autonomy for SCDEs in program development, operation, and evaluation; and (8) changes in the form and structure of teacher education will be more likely than changes in its substance. If SCDEs follow the course predicted above, the upcoming five years can be defined, using economic terminology, as a recession. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: 18th Annual Charles W. Hunt Lecture presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (29th, Chicago, Illinois, March 1-4, 1977); will be included in AACTE 1977 Yearbook