In recent years there has been a new mood in teacher education. The emphasis is on professional studies, on encouraging trainee teachers to think intelligently about how to tackle problems of the classroom.This book surveys the developments which are taking it further in both Britain and North America. It goes on to argue the case for consolidating the new approach in a thoughtful, structured and comprehensive way. It argues that teacher education should be regarded as a discipline in its own right; that teacher education should be increasingly school focused and problem-centered; that it needs to blend theory more effectively with practice. It argues that teacher training programmes should prepare teachers for an uncertain future in a changing world. This calls for an emphasis on process rather than content in programmes and the preparing of teachers who are self-directed.
Acknowledgements 1. Introduction. Rethinking Teacher Education. David Hopkins and Ken Reid Section 1. Background 2. A History of Post-Graduate Teacher Education in England and Wales 1880-1980 Gerald Bernbaum, Helen Patrick, Sheila Jackson Ken Reid 3. Recent Research and Development in Teacher Education in England and Wales Ken Reid Section 2. Postgraduate Teacher Education in England and Wales 4. Postgraduate Initial Teacher Education in England and Wales: Perspectives from the SPITE Project. Gerald Bernbaum, Helen Patrick and Ken Reid 5. The Postgraduate Certificate of Education, Teacher Practice, and the Probationary Year Ken Reid Development in Teacher Education in England and Wales Ken Reid Section 3. A Canadian Perspective. 6. Characteristics of Faculties of Education Marvin Wideen 7. Drift and the Problem of Change in Canadian Teacher Education David Hopkins Section 4. Teaching Practice. 8. Making Perfect? Form and Structure in Teaching Practice – David Hopkins – Chapter 9. Partnership Supervision – Jean Ruddock and Alan Sigsworth Section 5 Current Issues. 10. Subject Centered and School Based Teacher Training in the Postgraduate Certificate of Education Jim Eggleston 11. Integrating Theory and Practice Michael Fullan. 12. Initial Training Needs of Special Education Teachers David Thomas Section 6. Future Perspectives . 13. The Future for Teacher Education William Taylor. Notes on Contributors. Index.
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