ERIC Number: ED241468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
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)
Descriptors: Course Content, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Holistic Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, Masters Programs, Needs Assessment, Problem Solving, Program Development, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: 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).