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ERIC Number: EJ951276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0077-5762
Purpose and Vision of Professional Development Schools
Rutter, Alison
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v110 n2 p289-305 2011
The American educational system has often been the whipping boy for the woes of the country. If there is a problem, education is deemed to most likely be at fault. A change in the marketplace, coupled with both the continuing social needs and social changes from the 1960s, left the educational system looking woefully derelict. Having fully criticized the current educational system, the National Commission on Excellence in Education's "A Nation at Risk" made numerous recommendations for reform, including seven for improving teaching. Two major recommendations, in particular, were consistent throughout these major reform agendas. The first was that teaching should be elevated to the same status as the established professions of medicine and law. The second was an outgrowth of the first. In order for teachers to be professionals and perform as such, the teachers' workplaces--schools and the structure of education--would need to be radically reformed to accommodate the new roles and status of teaching professionals and those aspiring to join the profession. Their recommendations laid the groundwork for the professional development schools the country knows today. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A