ERIC Number: ED264193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun-13
The Preservice Education of Teachers
Saunders, Robert L.
Three fundamental questions regarding preservice teacher education are examined in this paper: (1) what preservice teacher education should do and what it should not be expected to do; (2) the important characteristics of programs needed to prepare teachers for effective teaching in the future; and (3) the basic ingredients in effective preservice programs. In discussing the role and function of preservice teacher education, it is pointed out that the goal of such education should be to prepare entry-level teachers who are well educated in a general sense, in possession of a strong in-depth grounding in a teaching field, and who have a good pedagogical grounding. An analysis is presented of the nature and composition of effective preservice preparation programs. The discussion of this topic focuses upon four major components of a sound preservice program: (1) general education/liberal studies; (2) undergirding disciplines/pre-professional studies; (3) academic specializations; and (4) professional (pedagogic) studies. Concluding remarks include a recommendation for extension of preservice education with a year of internship. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Forum on Teacher Education, Appalachia Educational Laboratory (Virginia Beach, VA, June 13, 1985).