ERIC Number: ED309141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Cooperation Starts Inside Schools of Education: Teacher Educators as Collaborators.
Fischetti, John; Aaronsohn, Elizabeth
This paper explores the habits of isolation that teacher educators bring from previous lives as teachers, administrators, and students who have been part of typically individualistic and competitive K-12, undergraduate, and graduate schooling. The paper also addresses the lack of communication inside teacher education programs that isolates the instructors, teaching assistants, supervisors, and cross-campus department advisors. It is noted that reckoning with these issues is crucial to successful work in collaborative partnerships and that it is important that teacher educators address the stereotype of the "ivory tower" and the embarrassment of disparagements of teacher education curriculum as being too remote from the practical reality of the classroom. There is a need to conduct honest dialogue about the tension between teacher educators and school people, in which school personnel see themselves as dealing with reality and see teacher educators as inhabiting a scholastic retreat from practical problems. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Anaheim, CA, March 2-5, 1989).