ERIC Number: ED318695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Architecture of Teaching. Issue Paper 89-11.
Parker, Michelle B.; And Others
In the study reported here, it is argued that recent policies implemented to improve the quality of the teaching profession by altering career structures are not likely to affect positively teachers' practices, teachers' work conditions, students' learning, or traditional school organizational patterns. Analyses of four teacher career structures indicate that current occupational structures do little to address such issues as how teachers teach; what teachers know; and the diversity in terms of knowledge, skill, ambitions, and interests among individuals in the profession. Three alternatives for career structures are proposed--teachers as participants in a school community, teachers as participants in the local community, and teachers as individuals. The three alternative structures are discussed and evaluated in terms of how they account for individual differences among teachers while maintaining high standards for meaningful teaching and learning, and how they take into account existing organizational characteristics, norms, and expectations of teaching life. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Career Development, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Characteristics, Organizational Climate, Professional Development, School Organization, Teacher Participation, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation)
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($5.20).
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.