ERIC Number: ED485648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Preparing and Training Professionals. Comparing Education to Six Other Fields
Neville, Katherine S.; Sherman, Rachel H.; Cohen, Carol E.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires schools, districts, and states to recruit and retain "highly qualified teachers" and to show annual progress toward the goal of 100 percent student proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014. This heightened attention to teacher quality and pressure to improve achievement leaves educators facing a myriad of challenges with little data to guide them in achieving these goals. Many stakeholders concede that traditional teacher preparation and in-service training have failed to produce the level of quality demanded by the new educational environment. Clearly, educators face some daunting challenges, but this analysis recognizes that the education field is not alone in its quest for quality and that examining how other fields prepare and train professionals can provide ideas and approaches for education to consider adapting in its own efforts. This analysis compares professional development--both pre-service preparation and in-service training--in education to six other professions: law, accounting, architecture, nursing, firefighting, and law enforcement. This comparison illuminates similarities and differences in the approaches taken to preparation and in-service training to inform the debate over how to improve teacher quality and also highlights important areas for further study and possible policy development.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.