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ERIC Number: ED317225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Barriers to Decentralized Teacher Education.
Stuhr, Christian
In an effort to meet the demand for off-campus postsecondary education at the degree, diploma, or certificate levels, this report examines the barriers against and reasons for offering decentralized teacher education programs from universities to colleges in rural Canadian provinces. Several reasons exist for the demand for off-campus postsecondary programs at the degree, diploma, and certificate level: (1) married women and others who find it difficult to move welcome programs which are brought to them; (2) small-town politicans and economic development officers may see the establishment of permanent university programs as a source of prosperity for their communities; (3) and parents are keenly aware of the savings that are realized when their university-age children live at home. With reference to teacher education specifically, the additional argument is made that a national teacher shortage is looming on the horizon, and that the creation of an off-campus teacher education program is an innovative, responsible, and cost-effective way to address this impending emergency. In spite of these reasons, three primary barriers exist to rural postsecondary education. The first barrier is the impact of enrollment quotas. Increasingly scarce resources have forced the two universities of Saskatchewan to impose cost-cutting measures; since neither institution would reduce academic standards, enrollment was limited through the imposition of quotas on certain programs. The second barrier is conflicting visions of off-campus postsecondary education. Two groups in Saskatchewan support the decentralization of postsecondary credit programs to rural Saskatchewan; however, one group favors the establishment of another college system, and the other supports the rise of the current system of regional colleges. The third barrier, ignorance of teaching outcomes, reflects the concern that decentralized programs are somehow inferior to on-campus programs. (JMC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada