ERIC Number: ED425403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
A Systems Approach to Improving Teacher Development in Kansas.
Gallagher, Karen S.; Gallagher, R. J. Pat
At the same time that education faculty face challenges to renew and deepen their commitment to teacher education, the arenas for research, teaching, and service are also changing. New types of partnerships are emerging between universities, schools, and communities. The kind of far-reaching change that is needed to deal with new situations requires concentrated and coordinated reform that cuts across many parts of the system at once. Attempts to change only one part at a time are obstructed by the stasis of the larger system; successful improvement requires coordinated changes in all parts. The outcomes of a 5-year involvement of the School of Education of the University of Kansas in Kansas' Project Partnership is described. Purposes of the project are to: (1) promote interdepartmental collaboration; (2) assist in reorganizing departments; (3) improve the preparation of all educators to meet the diverse needs of students; and (4) develop field-based partnerships. A primary goal has been to develop a model for continuous improvement which will ensure that all teachers are prepared to address the diverse learning needs of all students in today's classrooms. The process of the experience and the involvement of faculty is discussed. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: China-U.S. Conference on Education. Collected Papers. (Beijing, People's Republic of China, July 9-13, 1997); see CG 028 968.