A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?: Appraising Old Answers and New Ideas

A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?: Appraising Old Answers and New Ideas

by Frederick M. Hess
     
 

ISBN-10: 1891792202

ISBN-13: 9781891792205

Pub. Date: 01/01/2004

Publisher: Harvard Education Press


A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom? lays out new approaches for ensuring high-quality teacher preparation while offering a candid assessment of the obstacles that may impede the implementation of such new models.

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, states will have to ensure that every public school classroom is staffed by a highly qualified teacher.

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A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom? lays out new approaches for ensuring high-quality teacher preparation while offering a candid assessment of the obstacles that may impede the implementation of such new models.

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, states will have to ensure that every public school classroom is staffed by a highly qualified teacher. This mandate--and the fact that many children, especially low-income and minority students, are taught by underqualified teachers ill-equipped for the challenges ahead--gives new urgency to debates over teacher recruitment, preparation, and induction.

For several years, these debates have been dominated by competing groups of partisans. One denies that teaching requires a professional base of knowledge and skill, while the other tries to promote professionalism by ensuring that traditional programs retain their control over licensure and formal certification. The conflict confuses policymakers, frustrates educators, and stifles potentially promising solutions.

In this volume, eleven contributors with rich experience in policy and teaching take a fresh look at a number of issues, including:

  • Current systems for preparing and licensing teachers, and how they affect the quality and supply of teachers in the work force;
  • An array of reform models for teacher preparation and licensure, and what they would mean for the profession;
  • Questions of rigor and ideology in the core curricula of education schools or programs;
  • The federal role in teacher preparation and licensure, especially in light of NCLB.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891792205
Publisher:
Harvard Education Press
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1Back to the future : the history and politics of state teacher licensure and certification11
Ch. 2The shift from hands-off : the federal role in supporting and defining teacher quality49
Ch. 3Why do we license teachers?81
Ch. 4Assessing traditional teacher preparation : evidence from a survey of graduate and undergraduate programs101
Ch. 5Preparing tomorrow's teachers : an analysis of syllabi from a sample of America's schools of education119
Ch. 6The preparation and recruitment of teachers : a labor-market framework149
New models of teacher licensure173
Ch. 7Model 1. Cultivating quality in teaching : a brief for professional standards177
Ch. 8Model 2. Cultivating success through multiple providers : a new state strategy for improving the quality of teacher preparation201
Ch. 9Model 3. A candidate-centered model for teacher preparation and licensure223
Ch. 10Model 4. Improving academic performance in U.S. public schools : why teacher licensing is (almost) irrelevant255
Conclusion279
Notes285
About the contributors327

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