ERIC Number: EJ792502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Who Will Prepare Tomorrow's Quality Teachers?
McKenna, Margaret A.
Connection: New England's Journal of Higher Education and Economic Development, v16 n2 p18-19 Fall 2001
Students returning to pre-K-12 classrooms across New England this fall expected well-kept facilities, up-to-date textbooks and basic supplies. Unfortunately missing from an increasing number of these classrooms is a certified teacher with a mastery of the subject matter being taught and an understanding of how children learn. In this article, the author discusses the shortage of quality teachers in American schools and ways to address this problem. She also discusses the three new entrants in the teacher preparation field: (1) for-profit, proprietary companies; (2) fast-track programs targeted to career-changers and sponsored by local officials; and (3) packaged online modules. The author suggests that college and university schools of education need to abandon traditional thinking and initiate innovative approaches to training a new teacher force. They have to create accessible programs that are suitable to the widely varying educational backgrounds and experience that candidates bring, and they have to be creative in finding ways to guarantee jobs for teacher candidates. School systems and colleges need to work together to make early commitments to students.
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Aging (Individuals), College School Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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