ERIC Number: ED431731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Leading Reform in Teacher Education: A Rocky Road.
Deer, Christine E.
This paper presents one educator's experiences at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, in leading teacher education reform from 1990-1996. It is written from her perspective as the head of a school of teacher education. The school is primarily concerned with preparing elementary educators, with smaller programs for secondary educators and a very small postgraduate offering. The author's role was to lead reform in a difficult financial climate in a recently amalgamated institution. She was the only woman in a senior management position in a new faculty of education. Teacher education was geographically isolated from the other two-thirds of the faculty concerned with adult education. The academic focus of the institution had been on teaching, while research was of minor importance. Following amalgamation, research assumed increasing importance, and a number of staff responded to the challenges by forming new identities embracing the research culture. This self-study contains the educator's reflections on how she worked to change the culture of staff in teacher education. She believes it was a rocky but rewarding road to travel and, as she relived the process in preparing this paper, she understood how she could make some changes in the way she worked as a leader. (Contains 19 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Leadership, Preservice Teacher Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Educators, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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