ERIC Number: ED202802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Flight Away From Content in Teacher Education and Teaching.
No amount of reflection, observation of students, general information, and personal experience can make up for a teacher's lack of knowledge in subject areas. It is pointless for teachers to acquire delivery skills unless they have something to deliver. Several educators have become concerned about what is called "the flight to the sidelines", a trend by educators not to recognize that subject area expertise is implicit in effective teaching, but rather to emphasize the teaching methods without content knowledge. Although teachers now perform many nonteaching roles in school, they must still be able to exercise both social and epistemic control, and they must be good instructors and classroom managers. Subject area expertise provides a basis for all other teaching and classroom management skills. (FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.
Authoring Institution: N/A