ERIC Number: ED287813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Urban Teachers for the Technological Future.
Sheingold, Karen; And Others
This report reviews the results of a survey of teacher training programs in technology among 28 urban school systems in order to ascertain the current state of school computer use and teacher retraining. Results indicate that preparing students for the future presents particular problems for urban schools. With technology restructuring jobs and creating new types of work, the only clear prospect is that students will have to learn generalizable skills that allow them to adapt to the changing workplace. In urban settings, limited resources, large populations, and special non-educational needs create educational experiences for students that are different from those of their suburban counterparts. Inequities of resources threaten to repeat themselves in the area of technology education. Teachers need preparation for being learners in this changing field. Technology affects the curriculum, classroom arrangements, measurement of student performance, and the teaching role. "Top-down" approaches to training seem to prevail, with teachers providing little input in deciding what type of training they need. Several recommendations are made for improvement of teacher training in this area, addressing the specific needs of urban schools. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (34th, Eindhoven, Netherlands, July 20-24, 1987).