ERIC Number: ED363606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
National Service: Implications for Teacher Education. An Issue Paper.
Taylor, Tracy A.
This paper reviews the legislative provisions of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 and identifies issues related to national service which may affect teacher education programs and their graduates. In the context of the proposal, national service is defined as domestic, civilian work in local communities, compensated with financial assistance for postsecondary education. Close examination of the proposal reveals weaknesses that could undermine the ability of programs to address unmet needs in education. The bill contains broad provisions that are intended to generate flexible and innovative service opportunities. However, the legislation devotes little attention to the quality of these assignments or the persons selected to fill them. Aspects of the national service proposal illustrating these weaknesses as they relate to teacher education are presented. The paper concludes with a discussion of the Student Loan Reform Act of 1993 and its operational connection to national service; the reauthorization of the National and Community Service Act of 1990; and the need for professional standards of preparation and licensure within national service programs that promote excellence in classroom teaching. (LL)
Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Higher Education, Public Service, Quality Control, Student Loan Programs, Teacher Education Programs, Volunteers
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Publications, One Dupont Circle, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036-1186.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.