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ERIC Number: EJ726507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
The Learned Report on Teacher Education: A Vision Delayed
Imig, David; Imig, Scott
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v37 n5 p58 Sep-Oct 2005
Ninety-five years ago, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching released Bulletin #4, otherwise known as The Flexner Report on Medical Education in the United States and Canada, a report on the education of physicians in the United States and Canada that lead to closure of half the medical schools in the country and determine the way physicians are trained to this day. During the subsequent two-decade period, from 1910-1930, the Foundation issued a series of other reports on the condition of professional preparation in several different fields, including law and engineering. Among these is a study published in 1920 that has all but been forgotten: Bulletin #14, The Professional Preparation of Teachers for American Public Schools. Despite the intention of the Foundation that it would have a greater impact than all the other studies of professional education, the Learned Report--named after its chief author William S. Learned--had little lasting effect, died the quiet death that has been all too common for reports on teacher education during the ensuing 85 years, and has largely disappeared from the discourse about teacher education reform. But the Learned Report should have enjoyed the acclaim earlier accorded to the Flexner Report; as it was in every way as big and bold as--and had several advantages over--its predecessor. Had policymakers, institutional leaders, and teacher educators fully embraced the Learned Report in 1920, teacher education and the teaching profession would be far better today. With the cacophony of voices calling for a modern Flexner Report to act as a lever for a massive overhaul of teacher education, the authors find it fitting to revisit the findings and recommendations of Learned and his colleagues in this article. Here, they contend that teacher education has already had its Flexner Report and that its recommendations, although 85 years old, are still as pertinent as ever; and that it is now time to move on to the serious work that the Learned Report recommended: the transformation of teacher education into a professional, evidence-based clinical preparation program. (Contains 10 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri