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ERIC Number: ED241468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Relevant Teacher Preparation for the 21st Century: An Experimental Interdisciplinary M.Ed. Degree Program.
Willey, Diane L.
A description is given of the assumptions, goals, and curriculum of a proposed interdisciplinary Master's degree program in elementary and secondary education at Kennesaw College (Marietta, Georgia). The program addresses several problems: (1) repetitiveness of undergraduate and graduate programs in education; (2) lack of competence in critical thinking and problem solving processes in students at all levels of schooling; and (3) limitation of specialization and narrowness of training in graduate programs. A discussion is presented on reasoning behind selection of these problem areas. It is noted that the program's organizational themes are based on three assumptions: (1) Graduate level education programs should primarily strengthen theoretical and contextual understanding of the profession rather than provide technical training; (2) A problem solving focus provides opportunities for increasing teachers' skills and understanding of the problem solving processes; and (3) An interdisciplinary focus is necessary to provide perspective on educational problems and issues. Five program goals are listed and a model for organization of program curriculum and a course outline are included. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (36th, San Antonio, TX, February 1-4, 1984).