ERIC Number: ED286836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
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The Role of Higher Education in Fostering the Personal Development of Teachers.
Bloom, Darrell; Jorde-Bloom, Paula
If the teaching profession is to attract the most promising teacher candidates and retain those who are exemplary in practice, it is imperative that teachers' personal needs be attended to throughout their professional careers. In order to adequately address these needs, those designing preservice and inservice professional development must consider two important concepts associated with training: the developmental stages of adulthood and the stages of teachers' careers. Understanding the fascinating and complex intersection of these twin concepts may help those accountable for structuring educational policy and practice to implement programs that promote personal growth and fulfillment for teachers. This paper provides an overview of the literature summarizing adult development and the implications for learning at different stages of the adult life cycle. It then looks at patterns of teacher careers that describe the stages of their professional growth. Finally, it discusses how these two concepts interrelate and the implications for teacher training and educational policy. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (34th, Eindhoven, Netherlands, July 20-24, 1987).