ERIC Number: ED271470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb-28
Reference Count: 0
Colleges of Education: Cultures or Organizations.
Matthes, William A.
This paper examines colleges of education from a cultural rather than the more formal organizational or structural perspective. Culture is defined as the pattern of basic assumptions that a group has invented, discovered, or developed in learning to cope with its problems of external adaptation and internal integration that have worked well enough to be considered valid, and, therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way to perceive, think, and feel in relation to those problems. A discussion is presented on the cultural elements shared in teacher education schools by the professoriate, the deans, and schools of education as institutions embedded in the general undergraduate course of the university or liberal arts college. Brief summaries are presented of current research findings on the attitudes, goals, and role expectations of teacher educators, deans of colleges of education, and schools of education as institutions. The basic cultural assumptions of each of these elements in the training of teachers are outlined. A three-page list of references concludes the document. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, February 26-March 1, 1986).