ERIC Number: ED471013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
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Transforming Teacher Preparation Programs for the Diverse Classroom in Public and Private Urban, Suburban, and Rural School Settings.
Moll, Anne M.
This paper explores what is moving the preservice teacher education field to a higher professional and ethical standard, examining: how the field of education has addressed the need for improved performance in serving students with disabilities over the past 20 years; what level of innovation is needed to sustain change for a single service delivery system; and how teacher education units of colleges and universities are responding to the need for better trained teachers for today's classrooms. Overall, bachelor's level teachers receive at least some exposure to serving students with diverse needs, but they only receive minimal exposure to issues related these students, and in essence they are not required to master the skills for serving all students. The paper describes one university's response to this issue, highlighting five essential elements of the certification program: expertise in national and state standards for content areas, with firm understanding of how to translate the standards into practical and effective daily instruction; skill and knowledge in identifying, assessing, and planning instruction for typical and atypical child development; experience and skill in working with diverse learners; mastering the use of multidimensional instruction and assessment; and applying knowledge of federal and state laws governing services for all students. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act