ERIC Number: ED270430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Educating a Profession. Reprint with Postscript 1985. Report of the Bicentennial Commission on Education for the Profession of Teaching of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Howsam, Robert B.; And Others
This book analyses ways of improving the status of teaching as a profession. The first chapter states a set of characteristics of professions and semi-professions. Chapter two assesses the extent to which teaching presently meets the criteria of a profession and looks at societal factors, conditions in schools, and the nature of teaching. The third chapter examines the various elements involved in the governance of teacher education and explores collaborative relationships among participating partners. Chapter four considers the array of questions embedded in preservice, inservice, and continuing teacher preparation and highlights the concept of adequate "life space" within which teacher educators can conduct effective initial preparation and subsequent life-long efforts at professional proficiency. Recommendations are made for the education of teacher educators. In the fifth chapter, issues of individual and institutional quality control are considered and their implications for certification, program approval, recruitment and selection, and teacher supply and demand are discussed. A postscript is added that examines the profession of teaching, identifies problems and challenges facing teacher education, and proposes courses of action. (JD)
Descriptors: Professional Development, Professional Recognition, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching (Occupation)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: For related document, see ED 117 053.