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ERIC Number: ED550462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 62
Increasing the Application of Developmental Sciences Knowledge in Educator Preparation: Policy Issues and Recommendations
Pianta, Robert C.; Hitz, Randy; West, Blake
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
This is the second of two reports commissioned by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) intended to address the dire need for teacher preparation policy and programs to reflect recent advances in scientific knowledge of child and adolescent development. In the first report, "Principles and Exemplars for Integrating Developmental Sciences Knowledge into Educator Preparation" (ED550392), Jon Snyder and Ira Lit (2010) summarize the scientific support for knowledge of child and adolescent development as a primary focus of teacher preparation programs. In this report Robert C. Pianta, Randy Hitz, and Blake West focus on the implications of this science for policy. They point out that, first: the last two decades have produced new understandings of child and adolescent development and learning based on extensive and rigorous scientific study; and second, the accountability movement in education will soon address the need to reconceptualize and reassess educational outcomes in ways that emphasize students' advanced cognition and conceptual understanding, capacity to work in teams and groups, leadership and motivation, skilled communication, and proficiency with digital media and technology. This report offers several illustrations depicting the reality and consequences of the absence of systematic or programmatic linkage between the science of child and adolescent development and teacher preparation, and then moves into implications for policy-making at federal and state levels, in accreditation, and in teacher preparation programs. Recommendations from the expert panel to key stakeholders are included. [For the brief report, see ED550465.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Strategic Knowledge Fund
Authoring Institution: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Identifiers - Location: California; Connecticut