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ERIC Number: ED256708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-13
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
It Is True What They Say About Theory and Practice.
Hopkins, David
The problems of integrating theory and practice cannot be understood without reference to the ecology and environment in which teacher education occurs. One factor defining the present character of Canadian teacher education is the fact that, when teachers' colleges moved onto the university campus, they became subject to the university's norms, and subject to the tenure and promotions criteria which traditionally emphasize research and publication. The resulting role crisis of Teacher Training Institutions (TTIs) was fed by two influences: plurality of roles, and the teachers' college legacy. The tensions in the TTI role arise from being of the university, yet not part of it, and this dissonance appears to inversely affect the TTIs' capacity to carve out a unique role for themselves. Contemporary ecological factors make the integration of theory and practice very difficult and environmental factors compound the situation by making the milieu of teacher education very fragile. A re-emphasis on naturalistic, action- or practitioner-based research, combined with a re-conceptualization of the teacher as a life-long, creative, and active learner, should be meshed with an alliance between the TTI and the university. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada