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ERIC Number: ED413305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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New Teachers for a New Mission: Democratic Classrooms. Working Paper Session.
Wyett, Jerry L.
In exploring the need for and the obstacles to creating more democratic classrooms this paper maintains that the goal of national and state accrediting agencies and schools of education is to produce good teachers who would perpetuate the current teacher-dominated system. The heavy emphasis on developing competencies and methodologies ignores the fact that teachers will not be successful unless their students perceive them as real persons. A number of researchers have moved away from the competency model of identifying effective teaching. They have identified characteristics and behaviors such as authenticity, respect, and empathy that have a tremendous impact on the effectiveness of teachers both interpersonally and academically. Each of these characteristics can be broken down and their impact on teacher behavior characterized on a 5-point scale from very ineffective to extremely effective. Studies have shown that the levels of these characteristics and interpersonal skills generally found among teachers fall into the ineffective range. Based on the research outlined, it is argued that teacher education institutions must rethink their selection, recruitment, and training policies and that state and national certification and accreditation bodies must find new ways to examine and evaluate progress. (Contains 13 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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