ERIC Number: ED423238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Competencies and Teacher Education: A Descriptive Literature Review.
Fitzsimons, Patrick; Fenwick, Penny
This literature review compares international and New Zealand research and international program information on teacher competencies and preservice and inservice teacher education, addressing two issues: (1) what literature identifies as key competencies required by quality beginning and practicing teachers in the current social, economic, and educational climate and (2) which international and New Zealand teacher education programs are best practice sites and what characterizes their definition of teacher competencies, student intake, program design and delivery, funding, and regulatory environment. The report examines: the project; the policy context (the complexity of teaching, impact of changing environments, and complexity of teaching); competence (attributing competency from performance, the uncertain nature of teaching, generic competencies, a broader view of competence, and unresolved issues); competencies required for teaching (knowledge base, self competence, competencies derived from school curriculum requirements, competencies derived from assessment, competencies for entry to teacher education, and competency in the U.S., United Kingdom, and New Zealand); teacher education standards (in the United Kingdom, U.S., and New Zealand); trends in teacher education in the U.S., United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Australia, and Asia-Pacific Region; trends in teacher education in New Zealand; and relating teacher competencies to teacher education (complexity of competency, paucity of best practice sites, and implications for New Zealand's teacher education). An appendix presents the proposed revised requirements for all courses of initial teacher training from the Teacher Training Agency in the United Kingdom. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teachers, Teaching Skills
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: Ministry of Education, Wellington (New Zealand).
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; New Zealand; United Kingdom