ERIC Number: ED257790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-28
Organization and Operation of Teacher Education Programs: Implications for Change in Professional Education Preparation.
Carver, Fred D.; Krajewski, Robert J.
A survey conducted in 1983-84 of American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education member institutions sought information regarding teacher education policy and organizational/structural practices. Questionnaires contained four questions about institutional characteristics, and five questions about general organization for teacher education programs, one of which concerned the locus of responsibility for offering selected courses, advising students, and supervising student teachers in six program areas. Statistics were tabulated and responses analyzed for each of the questions. Findings indicated: (1) teacher preparation is decentralized and complex across the nation; fluctuating supply and demand, geographic mobility among students and graduates, and an evolving view of appropriate components contribute to significant commonalities in teacher education programs; (2) teacher preparation involves faculty from throughout the college/university, thus teacher preparation is an institutional function; (3) only 46 percent of institutions have separate programs of general education for teacher preparation; (4) policy responsibility lies with education professors in 58 percent of the institutions; and (5) teacher preparation program control is a shared responsibility in varying, complex ways and to varying degrees in higher education institutions. Recommendations for improvements for teacher preparation programs are suggested in a discussion of the implications of the findings. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Denver, CO, February 27-March 2, 1985).