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ERIC Number: ED141356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Educating Teachers for the 1980's: Toward a New School.
Frost, Joe L.
In this address, the author speculates upon the current status of teacher education, reflects upon the knowledge currently available from research and theory, and proposes a new system of cooperation between teacher educators and teachers in the role of educating children. Comments are made upon the lessons learned during the 1950's and 1960's from a blind obedience to science and the subsequent moral awakening due to Vietnam and to Watergate. Results of research into the efficacy of educational innovations proposed during the last twenty years are cited for their revelation that little difference in the quality of education was made through their proposal or use. The current status of teacher education is viewed as poorly conceived in its theory, contradictory in its components, and inconclusive in any of its practical results. Teacher education units are perceived as bureaucratic and only marginally concerned with the populations they supposedly serve, and the estrangement between theory and practice, university and public school, is viewed as irremediable. The proposal for a "new school" of teacher education is made, envisioning the utilization of present resources to construct institutions where teacher educators and teachers (both preservice and inservice) function together in a learning-teaching continuum, with the primary goal of both groups being the education of pupils. Budget, staff, facilities, research--all facets of the new institutional role--will reflect an equivalent concern for the education of children and the education of teachers. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address, Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (57th, Atlanta, Georgia, January 31, 1977)