ERIC Number: ED312261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Preparation: Structural and Conceptual Alternatives. Issue Paper 89-5.
This paper focuses on different ways of conceiving and carrying out teacher preparation. It examines some ideas about how teachers should be prepared and offers some frameworks for looking at distinctive approaches and alternatives. It also discusses the state of the art concerning programs of initial teacher preparation and indicates where conceptual, empirical, and practical work is needed. In discussing needed changes in teacher preparation, people tend to emphasize either structural or conceptual issues. Tied to policy mandates and questions of supply and demand, structural alternatives reflect political and economic considerations more than what teachers need to know. On the other hand, conceptual alternatives reflect different views of teaching and learning to teach and suggest different orientations to the preparation of teachers. A review of research-in-progress is presented, designed to generate information about different approaches and alternatives. (JD)
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Fundamental Concepts, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Content, Program Design, Program Length, Research Reports, Teacher Education Programs
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, College of Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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.