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Lincove, Jane Arnold; Osborne, Cynthia; Mills, Nick; Bellows, Laura – Journal of Teacher Education, 2015
With increasing awareness of the importance of teacher quality for student learning, education policy leaders have turned their attention to the nation's teacher training programs as a potential target for reform. One proposed strategy is to increase competition for university-based programs by encouraging new program types. This study examines…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Teacher Certification
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Grossman, Pam – Journal of Teacher Education, 2008
This article uses Andrew Abbott's concept of jurisdictional challenge to analyze the current challenges facing university-based teacher educators. The author suggests that teacher educators are dangerously close to losing jurisdiction over two key professional tasks--the preparation of new professionals and the production of academic knowledge for…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Educational Research, Educational Policy
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Journal of Teacher Education, 2003
Outlines recent efforts to analyze, document, or enhance the impact of collegiate teacher preparation on teaching, learning, and practice. Includes examples from empirical studies or reviews, national initiatives to make teacher preparation more assessment based and evidence driven, and regional efforts to assess the impact of naturally occurring…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Sanders, Ted – Journal of Teacher Education, 1985
This article reports on a survey of chief state school officers which assessed state policies that influence the quality of teachers and teaching. Twenty-one recommendations to help guide state educational policy and strengthen teacher preparation are discussed. (DF)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Preservice Teacher Education, State Departments of Education
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Melnick, Susan L.; Pullin, Diana – Journal of Teacher Education, 2000
Examines recent implementation of the controversial Massachusetts Educator Certification Tests and the educational, legal, and public policy issues in the implementation of a teacher testing program. The paper focuses on: the contexts for teacher testing; the tests themselves; the quality of the tests; and legal issues in teacher testing and…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods
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Warner, Allen R. – Journal of Teacher Education, 1990
Discusses events leading to the Texas legislation limiting professional education courses to 18 semester hours for initial certification and eliminating undergraduate education degrees. Noting implications for other states, the article suggests that teacher educators collaborate to develop a knowledge base, create coalitions, and provide national…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Change Strategies, Curriculum Evaluation, Degrees (Academic)