ERIC Number: ED301537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding the Character and Quality of the Academic and Professional Components of Teacher Education. Research Report 88-1.
Zeichner, Kenneth M.
This paper explores the question of the relative quality of the academic and professional components of teacher education programs from three different angles: (1) a critical assessment of several widely publicized and representative critiques of education courses with a focus on describing the variety of the criticisms and on assessing the quality of the evidence underlying the critiques; (2) an examination of two recent surveys of teacher education students' opinions of their courses which challenge commonly accepted views of what students think about their courses; and (3) an exploration of a new direction for studies of the quality of the components of teacher education programs which overcomes some of the weaknesses of existing approaches. It is concluded that recent state policies which place strict limits on the number of education courses in students' programs may be misguided given the currently weak knowledge base regarding the quality of academic and professional program components. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Methods Courses, Program Evaluation, State Standards, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, College of Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Education, East Lansing, MI.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).