ERIC Number: ED468256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Developing Quality Teacher Education Programs: A Process for Getting There!
Wavering, Michael J.; McGee, Christy D.
This paper describes a process for developing quality teacher education programs. The process begins with the core beliefs of all faculty members involved in the program. A retreat is an appropriate place to start the process of promoting appropriate philosophy and developing core beliefs in faculty members. Once this process is completed, it is time to develop a vision statement. The vision should be consistent with the core beliefs that the group has just developed. The final step in developing the philosophy is writing the mission statement. This process may not be a group activity, but input from all participants and agreement with the final result is imperative. The consistency of the core beliefs, vision, and mission guarantees a coherency that unites participants in the remaining tasks of developing and implementing the teacher education program. The psychology of teacher and learning should be constructed in the broad sense (including all the social and natural sciences that inform teaching and learning and the process of educating preservice teachers). The next task is to develop a knowledge base for the program. This may involve a task force to investigate areas of knowledge. The final task is developing the program structure. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Denver, CO, February 2-6, 2002).