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Middle school teaching: An evaluation of issues arising in the debate on teacher education reform in the USA and in Iranian literature for the purpose of developing theory-based recommendations on middle school teacher education

Liaghatdar, M.J. (1998) Middle school teaching: An evaluation of issues arising in the debate on teacher education reform in the USA and in Iranian literature for the purpose of developing theory-based recommendations on middle school teacher education. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify key problems and develop some recommendations for the improvement of the initial preparation of middle school teachers in Iran based on, in the main, recent American reports, Iranian writings on teacher education, and interviews with Iranian experts.

Following a review and analysis of major reform reports such as the Holmes Group (1986) and Carnegie Forum (1986) reports, four issues were chosen as the foci for an investigation in the Iranian context. These issues were as follows: the possibility of extending the two-year middle school teacher education programs of teachers colleges to four years; the possibility of shifting their preparation programs from colleges into universities; the desirability of an end-on model instead of a concurrent one; and the trend to alter the balance between theoretical and practical aspects of teacher education toward the latter.

In the light of these enquiries, the current two-year programs of teachers colleges in Iran were identified as a major problem. Recommendations were developed to improve the initial preparation of middle school teachers in Iran, including moving the training of these people into universities.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation: Division of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education
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Supervisor(s): Hill, Brian
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/51391
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