Friday, July 22, 2011

Deborah Ball comments on NCTQ's report of teacher education programs

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In an article posted on the Chronicle of Higher Education website on July 21, 2011, Deborah Loewenberg Ball commented on the recently released report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). This report described the majority of U.S teacher education program's as "weak" or "poor" and and identified the student teaching component of the process as both particularly crucial and poorly accomplished. (The University of Michigan School of Education was not included in the report.)

In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ball said that the report identified important issues, but said it was more complicated than simply requiring a minimum amount of time. "The tradition has been that people believe that if you just get student teachers out there in classrooms for 10 weeks, they'll get experience and they'll learn what to do," Ball said. "But if that were true, then we would have an amazingly skilled teaching population."  

Real teacher education reform will come from student teachers observing and learning specific skills from high-quality teachers, and then demonstrating—with direct assessment—that they have learned the necessary skills.

The Huffington Post also posted an article on this topic on July 21, 2011.


Deborah Loewenberg Ball is William H. Payne Collegiate Chair, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and dean of the School of Education.

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