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ERIC Number: ED317524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-24
Pages: 10
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Restructuring Teacher Education: A Political Prerogative--A Professional Imperative.
Ellerman, Gary
In 1986, a Commission appointed by the governor of Virginia recommended that the teacher preparation degree program should consist of the greatest number of courses in the arts and sciences that can be included feasibly and some specially developed education courses. In response to this challenge, Radford University developed a totally restructured undergraduate teacher education program which was subsequently approved by the State Board of Education. This paper presents a summary of the more salient features of the Radford University Plan to Restructure Teacher Education. The summary is organized to address three major areas: collaboration, innovation, and evaluation. The first of these is the collaboration by an interdisciplinary task force composed of faculty from throughout the University and public school personnel which reviewed and developed new courses. The second area, that of innovation in the four-year degree program, provides for extensive general education which includes generic pedagogical studies appropriate to all preservice teachers regardless of level or subject matter specialty. Clinical experiences are emphasized for elementary, middle, and special education teachers. An outline is presented of the Comprehensive Teacher Education Assessment and Management plan, which was established to evaluate the program. Resources for program planning research are listed. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia