ERIC Number: ED263057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-28
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Public Policy to the Goals of Teacher Education.
Kelly, Eugene W., Jr.
Educational policy and the institutional goals of teacher education should be complementary and mutually reinforcing. However, interests, perspectives, and pressures that influence the evolution and implementation of educational policy often differ from those that shape the institutional goals of teacher education. A comprehensive framework for integrative analysis of, and action on, diverse forces influencing public policy and teacher education is proposed. This framework consists of four broad knowledge and action areas. First, teacher education is presented as an open system, complex internally, and in dynamic interaction with the university world, the broader education profession, and the public sector. Second, clarity about both the primary and secondary goals of university teacher education is essential to effective goal achievement in relation to public policy. Third, convergent action on policy and institutional goals requires a comprehensive understanding of the multiple forces impacting both areas. Fourth, the achievement of teacher education goals through public policy requires a set of diverse and complementary action strategies that can handle divergent as well as shared goals and can manage power differentials. With this conceptual system, teacher educators are in a position to act clearly and decisively on institutional goals and have a positive influence on the development of public policy. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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).