ERIC Number: ED378153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-3
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Practice What We Preach: Preparing Future Teachers for Outcome-Based Education.
Brogan, Bernard R.
A model for preparing teachers to teach successfully in a performance-based educational environment using Total Quality Management principles is called Total Quality Performance (TQP). On the TQP model everyone is involved in a process of continuous improvement toward the achievement of performance outcomes that are clearly defined and consistent with the mission of the organization. Other principles for teacher education programs should include elimination of emphasis on grades, provision of a research-basis for continuous program improvement, and development of a systematic approach to teacher preparation. There are five steps that are general guidelines for beginning the process of shifting from an input oriented program to one involving everyone toward the achievement of performance outcomes that are clearly defined and consistent with the goals of the organization: (1) develop a mission statement; (2) determine the performance outcomes; (3) evaluate current practices; (4) decide what changes need to be made; and (5) decide on a process for the transformation. Though Total Quality Management techniques are designed for businesses, many of its principles are consistent with the ideas of educators such as Dewey and others. The current velocity of change in education demands response to these challenges. (JB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Models, Organizational Change, Organizational Objectives, Policy Formation, Preservice Teacher Education, School Policy, Self Evaluation (Groups), Teacher Educators, Total Quality Management
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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