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ERIC Number: ED185906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Organization of a College of Education.
Gray, H. L.
The organization of a college of education is discussed in terms of the problem of structure, task, and continuity. Structure is seen as a description of relationships and the behavior that characterizes relationships among people. Relationships exist and develop in organizations only according to the tasks that must be performed in the organization. The important fact is that the tasks of an organization determine the structure. Teacher training programs are concerned with helping the students to give their best performance in the classroom by helping them internalize a personally satisfactory philosophy of education and to translate this in operational terms into appropriate classroom behavior. There is no essential subject knowledge required in this process. If the teacher training function is essentially one of a relationship between a tutor and a group of students, the basic structure is groups of students each with a tutor. The simplest administrative response is to allocate each tutor to a group of students for a minimum period of time in a single location. The more complicated this allocation becomes the more restriction there is on freedom and the greater the amount of control administrators gain. Structure is described as the teacher-student relationship and not in terms of subjects, groups or departments. In order to be functional, structures must be as open to change as possible. Some characteristics of healthy and unhealthy organizations and an example of the allocation of staff time are presented. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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