ERIC Number: ED286833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
The Knowledge Base: Issues for Liberal Arts Colleges. AILACTE Occasional Paper No. 7.
Diez, Mary E.
The phrase "the knowledge base" conveys the sense that there is one, monolithic set of information waiting to be codified and promulgated, probably available only through someone else's research. This paper argues that the knowledge base for teaching is continually being created and interpreted, especially by practitioners. The facts frequently are less important than the judgments made in specific situations, making the teacher a "situational decision maker." These two views have implications for teacher education in terms of what preservice teachers need to know and what combination of information and experience will prepare them for the next stage of development as teachers. Codification of the knowledge base for teaching can unify teacher educators if liberal arts colleges are involved in the process and can clarify and analyze what has been learned to distinguish the knowledge base as a complex web, instead of a file cabinet filled with "real" research. (MT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.