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ERIC Number: ED379256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-28
Pages: 10
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The Time for "Tomorrow's Schools of Education" Is Today.
Vavrus, Michael
This paper offers a commentary, by a representative of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, on the Holmes Group publication (1995) titled "Tomorrow's Schools of Education." The Holmes Group is applauded for producing a much-needed, candid assessment of schools of education. The issue of marginal institutional practices can no longer be swept under the carpet, as schools of education use consistent, traditional, status quo, "tired" practices and offer preservice training that is irrelevant to the nature and demands of teaching. The hope of renewing schools comes from use of critical social analytic methods that will lead to the moral sensibility to move forward. Schools of education need to instill in future teachers a critical voice working for school renewal. A systematic dialogue leading to coherence of purpose and direction is needed. Adherence to National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education standards and Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium principles would be a positive step. The reward systems in both research and teaching institutions need to be changed to encourage collaboration between college faculty and practitioners in professional development schools. Alliances with external groups, such as the National Education Association, should be broadened. (Contains 23 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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