ERIC Number: ED335357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development Schools and Educational Reform: Concepts and Concerns. ERIC Digest 91-2.
This digest provides an overview of a new institution, the professional development school (PDS), and of its place in improving public schooling. The PDS is the result of a collaboration between universities and local school districts. In recent years, the literature has suggested that public schools as they exist today cannot adequately prepare tomorrow's teachers. A PDS is an exemplary, functioning public school which has as one of its fundamental missions the professional development of preservice, novice, and practicing teachers. The role of the PDS in improving practice and preparing teachers is analogous to the role of teaching hospitals in the medical profession. They are clinical sites where professional standards of practice are developed, refined, and institutionalized; where cohorts of teaching interns participate in structured induction programs; where both teaching practice and induction are knowledge based; and where inquiry, research, and reflection are used to continually test, refine, and expand this knowledge base. Some expressed concerns are: the cost of operating a PDS; the low esteem in which teacher education programs are held by the academic establishment; possible problems caused by differential treatment of teachers in the PDS; and the relatively few sites in the PDS network. (LL)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Program Improvement, Public Schools, Schools of Education, Student Teaching, Teacher Education Programs
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, Washington, DC.