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ERIC Number: ED329546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 23
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John Dewey and the Knowledge Base for the Beginning Teacher.
Shaker, Paul
The volume "Knowledge Base for the Beginning Teacher" (KBBT), published by Pergamon Press, has been put forward by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education as a guide for colleges of education seeking to establish a knowledge base for their programs. According to the book's summary, its 10 "features" closely parallel the progressive ideals of John Dewey. Neither Dewey nor a philosophy of education can be claimed, however, as sources for KBBT's assertions. The thesis of this criticism is that KBBT's featured themes echo a theory of education laid out by John Dewey prior to 1939 and that rediscovery of these themes in a positivist "garment" is less significant than the lack of theoretical progress provided for the field in 60 years. Or, as some leading educators have asserted, "Have we traveled down the wrong road, seeking academic prestige rather than delivering service to our profession?" An analysis of parallel quotations from KBBT and Dewey support this criticism. Based on this analysis, one may conclude that, while KBBT reminds readers and practitioners of past history and achievements, the book is a manifestation of teacher education's misdirection and neglect of school reform. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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