ERIC Number: EJ776555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: 0
A Tenuous Hold
Fraser, James W.
Education Next, v2 n1 p16-21 Spr 2002
In this article, the author argues that university education programs' monopoly on teacher education--which makes them virtually the only path to state certification and thus to a career in public school teaching--has undermined the quality of the programs themselves. While he does not propose taking the professional preparation of teachers and administrators out of the academy altogether, he does suggest that university programs can regain their legitimacy in the public eye by dissociating themselves with certification and severing their close links with state education agencies. Instead, he says, these programs should focus on producing the candidates who are attractive to public school systems due to the quality of their education alone.
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Teacher Certification, Public Schools, Educational Quality, Teacher Education Programs, Higher Education, Educational History, School Districts, High Stakes Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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