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ERIC Number: ED244953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-28
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Education: From Performing Art to Profession.
Gideonse, Hendrik D.
Three basic assumptions which underlie the public attitude toward the teaching profession should be challenged. The first of these is that people should teach because they love it; the rewards of teaching are intrinsic. The second is that teaching is primarily the transmission of content. The third is that teacher preparation should consist of completing a baccalaureate program, undergoing a brief internship, and, thereafter, relying on wisdom accumulated from personal experience. Three new assumptions that can replace the old ones represent a major change in emphasis. First, teaching itself needs to become an inquiry process. Second, teaching ought to ground itself on what is known about teaching and learning. Third, the kind of knowledge required by teachers arises from the foundation of a sound liberal education as well as from research traditions common to the behavioral and social sciences, the arts, and the humanities. A discussion on the implications of these changed basic assumptions for the teaching profession focuses upon: (1) higher starting salaries for teachers; (2) changes in the structure of teacher education; (3) the need to redesign the structure of the schools; (4) the redesign of professional preparation; (5) the need to attend to the nature of inquiry in support of education; and (6) the need to increase resources available for educational research and development. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A