ERIC Number: ED466464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-4
Transforming for Educational Reform: A Case Study of a Teacher Preparation Center at a Research University.
Francis, Nearlene J. B.
This paper examines the development and first 5 years of t-center, one organization's attempt at nontraditional preparation. t-center is an academic research/applied practice unit charged with the preparation of new teachers and professional development of experienced teachers located within a graduate school of education housed at a research university. Since its establishment, t-center has attempted to create a nontraditional subculture that supports a very different approach to teacher education within a traditional institutional culture. This study examined the facilitators of and barriers to transforming small, existing educational units into a larger, long-established educational organization. Data collection involved participant observation, in-depth interviews, and document analysis. Results provided respondents' recommendations for an effort like the t-center in the areas of leadership, staffing, mission and norms, relationship with the graduate school/university, resources (particularly funding and space), time and involvement of constituents beyond those in the center or host institution, and establishment of an advisory board. Changes the center is making seem responsive to the nation's social needs (e.g., educational environments for the increasing numbers of diverse students). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).