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ERIC Number: ED418060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-28
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
New Teacher Standards and Learner Diversity: Ideas for Authentic Assessment.
Moore, John; Benton, Janet
Changing views about learning and schooling affect teacher preparation programs. The paper examines how Kentucky's standards for new teachers relate to addressing learner diversity, explaining how the Kentucky Education Reform Act is a model for affecting statewide change, particularly regarding methods of assessment and examination of learner diversity. The paper also describes how one teacher education program has been transformed to implement Kentucky's new teacher standards, providing examples of authentic assessment tasks that reflect ways to evaluate preservice teacher growth and progress. The paper discusses how Kentucky's eight new teacher standards specifically address learner diversity and allow for enhanced examination of topics of diversity in all courses. It examines the standards' effects on the structure and content of the teacher education program, emphasizing how they have affected the way that instructors address learner diversity with preservice teachers. The teacher education program's transformation process included several collaborative efforts, including retreats and brown bag lunches for departmental faculty to analyze the standards, identify core course objectives, and develop authentic assessment tasks related to performance criteria for each standard. The program emphasizes collaboration through field experiences in area schools as inservice teachers and college faculty collaborate to assess students. Attachments include Western Kentucky University's secondary education essential course content and information on integrating the standards into secondary courses. (Contains nine references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990