ERIC Number: ED242658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-3
Program Evaluation through Informal Comparisons.
Williams, Robert T.
Recommendations are made for improving teacher education starting with internal reform on the part of individual schools of education. It is pointed out that institutions, acting independently and comparing their programs in a realistic way with similar programs in other schools, can identify weaknesses and are in a position to rectify them. An example is given of the problem of teacher supply and demand, with shortages in some teaching fields and surpluses in others. It is noted that this is an indication that many institutions are following a pattern that contributes to this imbalance. An institution, it is pointed out, has an option to reduce its production of graduates in the surplus field and increase production in the shortage field. It is suggested that, by cutting out weaker students in fields of surplus, the following benefits would be seen: (1) an increase in the quality of the remaining graduates; (2) a more favorable student-teacher ratio; (3) an opportunity to redirect or reduce teacher education expenditures; (4) an increase in morale and self-respect in teacher education students and faculty; (5) a reduction in the number of graduates who can't get a job in their field of certification; (6) a reduction in the number of teachers available for out-of-field assignments; (7) a reduction in the number of teachers who perform poorly; and (8) an increase in the image of teacher education. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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