ERIC Number: ED264209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Education Professoriate: A Review of the Literature.
Allison, Clinton B.
This review of literature on teacher educators points out that much of the literature divides the professoriate into two groups: those who see education as an academic field, and those who see it as a professional field. The professoriate has also been classified into three categories based upon their traditional professional orientation: (1) disciplinists--those who feed upon and sometimes contribute to one of the social sciences (educational historians or sociologists); (2) generalists--those whose field is educational matters, broadly conceived (professors of curriculum, higher education, or educational administration); and (3) pedagogists--those concerned with the transmission of pedagogical techniques and materials (methods professors). Relations among the three appear to be a somewhat uneasy alliance, and the disciplinists tend to be the most respected members of a low status group within academic circles. Other writers have seen the professoriate as educators who see their job as a realistic attempt to develop valid professional knowledge and professional technical culture suited to the needs of public school practitioners. A brief exploration is also made into literature on teacher educators in other countries (in particular the Soviet Union and Great Britain) and some similaries and differences in attitudes in these countries and the United States toward the professoriate are pointed out. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).