ERIC Number: ED201614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Do Schools of Education Have a Future? Yes, If...
Burnham, Robert A.
The general social context within which schools, colleges, and departments of education (SCDE's) operate is examined. The legitimate sphere of operations of SCDE's, referred to as a "domain", is composed of the clients served, the technologies employed, and the services or products provided to their environment. A lack of congruence is seen between the expectations held for SCDE's and their performance. Demographic, social, and technological developments require a shift in the domain of SCDE's if they are to become a vital force in the world of the future. Major initiatives destined to close the widening gap between expectations and performance are suggested: shifting from narrow training to broad-based education to serve the larger community; strengthening and using the available research and knowledge base; and upgrading service and performance standards. Recommendations for future undertakings by SCDE's include: (1) using emerging high technology (i.e. computers); (2) incorporating global perspectives into university and school curricula; and (3) continually integrating new knowledge and technology into ongoing teaching, research, and service missions. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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