ERIC Number: ED468993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-24
Teacher Education and the Demands of Curricular Change. 42nd Charles W. Hunt Memorial Lecture.
This paper examines endogenous causes of the supposed failure of education to meet educational demands. It proposes to arrange the endogenous causes of dissatisfaction with education as a continuum between two positions. The first relates to short-term causes. The second relates to structural causes. The paper assumes that both short-term and structural causes underlie the dissatisfaction with educational quality. It proposes four hypotheses for interpreting the current situation of teachers in the educational establishments of various countries: the teacher crisis is both short-term and structural; the teacher crisis is inevitably linked to the structural crisis in modern schools and education systems; the image of today's schools is that they are identical, but in fact they vary a great deal; and institutional design of teacher education and training is mainly based on teachers' rather than learners' needs and demands. The paper discusses the reinvention of the teaching profession and reflects on the competencies of 20th-century teachers, explaining that the key to promoting reinvention lies in five competencies: citizenship, wisdom, empathy, institutionalism, and pragmatism. Finally, it presents issues for the design of professional development opportunities and looks at new trends in teacher professional development. (Contains 37 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies
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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.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (54th, New York, NY, February 23-26, 2002).