Modern vs. Post-modern Teacher Education: Revealing Contrasts in Beliefs and Practices

Abstract

Based on the feedback collected from more than 140 instructors in an educational leadership program at a private university in Southwest U.S., there is an apparent "tension" stemming from the disconnect between what seems to be the belief sets and practices of the respondents in terms of modern and post-modern teacher education programs. There are encouraging signs that these individuals favor flexible curricula that allow for teacher autonomy in identifying appropriate pedagogies to meet the needs of specific groups of students, which aligns with post-modern practices. At the same time, there seems to be validation of a systematic (or "centralized") approach to student learning assessment based on which academic progress could be made and demonstrated, which continues the modern tradition in teacher education



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Marius Boboc, Cleveland State University, United States
R.D. Nordgren, National University, United States

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Conference: ACE2013
Stream: Education

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