ERIC Number: ED228368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Nature of Teaching and Its Relationship to School Improvement. Draft. Documentation and Technical Assistance in Urban Schools.
The focus of this paper is the preparation for and the improvement of teaching as a craft. The author hypothesizes that, in order to improve the art of teaching, the notion of problem solving as a daily routine, access to resource allocation, and a change in the ethos of teaching to include a mastery of the craft and cooperative efforts among the teachers must be encouraged. Aspects of teaching, such as its nature, recruitment, training, rewards and goals, career stages, lack of collegiality, ethos, and structural constraints, are reviewed. Data collected on three out of nine urban sites where efforts were made to stimulate organizational skills of teachers on a continuous basis are then analyzed. The article argues that the state of teaching at present precludes a commitment to school-wide improvement because teachers are isolated from the school bureaucracy and are working autonomously. It concludes that teaching can be improved considerably in an atmosphere that promotes continuous socialization experiences. (AOS)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Improvement Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Recruitment, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation), Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for New Schools, Inc., Chicago, IL.