Friday, April 22, 2005

The Knowledge Base for Teaching

The Knowledge Base for Teaching. This article clearly deals with teacher education. However, it made think about what the knowledge base if for librarians. What should every librarian learn in library school?

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Critical decisions about the (a) content and structure of teacher education, (b) policies and procedures for demonstrating the quality of programs, (c) standards used in evaluating teachers, and (d) systems for assessing and certifying professional competence all depend, in part, on the way this question is answered. Thus, the significance of understanding the issues involved in defining the knowledge base cannot be overemphasized.

At one level, concern about the knowledge base focuses on improving the respect and status accorded teaching, thereby making it a more rewarding career (Shulman, 1987). In this regard, the professionalization of teaching depends on showing that teaching, like other learned professions, requires mastery of a specialized body of knowledge that is applied with wisdom and ethical concern.

Beyond the interest in achieving professional status, questions about appropriate knowledge imply the need for serious deliberation in the professional community about (a) the types of knowledge required and relationships among the categories identified, (b) conceptual frameworks for organizing and using knowledge and (c) the modes of inquiry used in creating and validating knowledge claims in the field. In this way the intellectual and socio-political aspects of the field would be complementary.

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