ERIC Number: ED468988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-27
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Challenge of High-Quality Teacher Education: Why Higher Education Must Change. 40th Charles W. Hunt Memorial Lecture.
This paper examines quality in preservice teacher education, discussing challenges faced and the need for change, noting what change must look like, and describing one university's and community's efforts. It begins with a dean's perspective, discussing the attack on colleges of education and the need to change higher education (student achievement and the future of democracy, the moral need for improvement, and a common moral enterprise). The next section explains how better teachers lead to better schools, discussing collaboration as the key and noting why collaborative partnerships are necessary (the need for simultaneous renewal, who needs to collaborate, the importance of parents and communities, and overcoming problems of reform). An example of a collaborative partnership in El Paso, Texas, highlights how such efforts can raise all children's academic achievement levels, thereby increasing the likelihood of better overall quality of life for both students and the community. This section discusses raising academic achievement; setting standards; data-driven reform, benchmarks, and assessments; embracing accountability for learning; and ensuring continuous dialogue. It describes the impact of this large-scale systemic reform on teacher preparation, noting lessons learned (renewal and reform are difficult, and engagement of the entire community is necessary). (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Moral Values, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (El Paso)