ERIC Number: ED285835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Cheap Teachers--A High Price for Bad Investments: Economical and Educational Dilemmas in Teacher Training.
van der Dussen, A. Michael
This review of some of the economical and educational dilemmas touching teacher education deals with the meaning of knowledge and the psychological requirements for the development of a knowledge base for teachers. Before teachers can play an innovating and flexible role in education they must first accept their roles themselves. The imbalances of a country's social system confronts political decision makers with the economical choice of either improving the training of teachers at the risk of higher costs or reducing facilities. While it is tempting to defend the cutting down of financial support with the argument that knowledge needed for a teacher's profession can be disseminated as 'objective knowledge' that can be sold or bought at the lowest price as every other commodity, this view cannot really be supported. New ideas about knowledge and the working of the mind stress the idiosyncratic status of cognition. Because the whole person is involved in teaching (thinking, acting, feeling in a challenging interaction with other people), it takes time to change cognitions useful for new situations. This type of experience should be included in teacher education as well as other experiences that may answer other imbalances found by teachers. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Leyden Univ. (Netherlands). Dept. of Teacher Training.
Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (34th, Eindhoven, Netherlands, July 20-24, 1987).