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ERIC Number: EJ771891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-4934
Crash Course for Teachers: A General Account from Education Professors with the "Vision" of the Expert Commission for Future Teacher Training in North-Rhine/Westphalia
Prange, Klaus
European Education, v36 n1 p85-96 Spr 2004
No one would dispute the claim that teacher training in the university and training colleges has long been in urgent need of reform. Even so, nothing is getting done. However, there are some efforts made in North-Rhine/Westphalia, where a committee of experts has recommended a double package consisting of six semesters of specialized studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts followed by a further training course in teaching methods and educational science. In the author's view, the proposal of the North-Rhine/Westphalia board of experts puts the pedagogical professionalism of the teacher at risk just as, in the aftermath of the TIMMS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and in view of the xenophobic violence, this professionalism has been so vehemently called for, and indeed would appear to be in need of reinforcement. In this article, the author sketches out the following: (1) the structure of and the requirements for a pedagogical teacher professionalism; (2) the proposals of the board of experts and the advantages expected from a phased teacher training; and (3) the problems and consequences associated with this proposal for the advancement of pedagogical professionalism of teachers and the corresponding professional profile of the teacher. [This report was translated by Stephen D. Naron.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany