ERIC Number: ED242637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Proposal to Expand the Fields of Practice of Educational Knowledge.
Sherr, Mary-Lou Breitborde
The state and status of educational knowledge can be vastly improved in two ways: by looking beyond classroom settings for potential applications, and by broadening the vision of the usefulness of educational knowledge to include other professional fields requiring the skills and knowledge fundamental in education. A changed conception of what educational knowledge includes as well as programmatic changes in departments of education are needed. Educational knowledge can be applied to educational research, program planning, management and evaluation, technical consultation, advocacy, and industrial training. Programs in education should be expanded to include such professional possibilities. For example, incorporating a research course into the education program would allow students to consider later work in policy and program analysis; courses in educational media and computers would open the way to technology-based professions. This proposed expansion of educational programs requires considerable cooperation and collaboration on the part of the various academic departments. Great strides can be made in changing the general perception of education and teaching by realizing that educational knowledge is a commodity valuable to many fields of work and that teaching is just one of many things one might do with an education degree. In this case, minimal program changes can go far toward accomplishing this changed perception. (LP)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Curriculum Development, Education Courses, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Knowledge Level, Public Opinion, Skill Development, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Educational Studies Association (Milwaukee, WI, November 3-6, 1983).