Beatrice Fennimore, Professional Studies in Education, recently made a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Chicago. Her copresenter was A. Lin Goodwin, vice dean and professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
The presentation was titled “Good Teacher Educators = Good Teachers.” The presentation compared the dynamic national focus on the need for quality teachers with the relative absence of focus on the need for quality teacher educators. Participants in the interactive session discussed the many challenges encountered by those in the academy who choose to focus their work on undergraduate and pre-service preparation of teachers, and concluded that more substantial research on the qualities and attributes of teacher educators that lead to the preparation of excellent teachers is needed.
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