ERIC Number: ED193698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Some Impressionistic Views on Preparing Teachers of English.
Shafer, Robert E.
The past 15 years have witnessed a shift from creative curriculum development to accountability in teacher education. The 1976 "Statement on the Preparation of Teachers of English" developed by the National Council of Teachers of English noted a movement towards performance based or competency based certification of teachers and an increase in teacher stress resulting from accountability pressures. However, a recent summary of all research on performance-based teacher education revealed that performance-based teacher education models do not recognize two important variables: what is to be taught, and who is to be taught. Future teacher education will need to resurrect the personal growth model, which by enhancing teacher personality and attitude will enhance teacher effectiveness and, in turn, the learning process itself. The task for teacher education in the 1980s will be to wipe away the effects of the 1970s, when educators attempted to develop teacher education programs on an industrial model in the name of accountability. Teachers can best be accountable by restoring the caring elements that have been discounted by the preoccupation with accountability models and performance based education programs. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Conference on the Teaching of English (3rd, Sydney, Australia, August 17-22, 1980).