ERIC Number: ED361285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-25
Implementing Institutional Change through the Professional Development School Concept.
Woloszyk, Carl A.; Davis, Suzanne
The recruitment, selection, and preparation of teachers, counselors, and administrators are among the areas within the educational establishment which are subject to change. The Holmes Group, a consortium of nearly 100 American research universities, which addressed its attention to improving teacher preparation programs as a step toward improving schooling, advocates establishment of professional development schools (PDSs) and outlines six principles which are fundamental to the design of PDSs. These schools, which are analogous to teaching hospitals in the medical profession, are considered vehicles that provide necessary linkages between colleges of education and public schools. Although PDSs are new and unique institutions, there are precedents for them in educational history, particularly within the laboratory school movement. PDSs are intended to be places of demonstration, inquiry, and self-renewal that are collaboratively operated by school and college personnel and reflect real societal conditions. Establishing a PDS is a complex and challenging endeavor for both schools and colleges. Certain activities and planning steps are recommended for successful implementation of a PDS by a school-university partnership. These steps include: analyzing the situation, choosing a task force, securing commitment from the college, and making recommendations. Because establishing a PDS involves a serious commitment on the part of a university and its college of education, the implications and responsibilities attendant to this commitment should be considered carefully. (IAH)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Laboratory Schools, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Program Development, School Restructuring, School Role, Schools of Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (San Diego, CA, February 24-27, 1993).