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ERIC Number: ED402279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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The Context for Change in Teacher Education in Alberta.
O'Reilly, Robert
From 1965 until the late 1980s, the education faculty in Alberta offered the same diverse set of programs to its students without substantial change in either form or content. By 1990, there were 13 B. Ed. programs with 9 majors and 10 minor programs at both the elementary and secondary levels, post graduate diplomas in 32 fields, plus M.Ed., M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. programs, with D.Ed. programs added in 1994. Because of budget cuts, student to faculty ratio went from 16:1 to 30:1 and may soon increase to 40:1. A 1993 report published by the Alberta Teachers Association concluded that Alberta's universities were not providing teachers with the professional status and backgrounds to survive in the schools which now exist. The academic model in place for university-based teacher education programs looked to the academy and the structure of disciplines to construct the ideal teacher education program. This paper suggests a professional model in which the rationale for creating and delivering courses is based on the nature of teaching in schools rather than the structure of academic disciplines. The characteristics of the model are described as well as issues in its implementation. Finally, organizational and structural changes made at the University of Alberta are outlined along with reactions from faculty, school districts, and communities. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada