Curriculum Studies in Relation to the Field of Teacher Education

Rather than work in a single discipline, faculty in professional schools, including education, work within a problem that is of compelling interest to stake holders. The contextual parameters within which professional schools operate shape the nature of the curriculum work done within them. In law schools, for example, the bar examination and the importance to school prestige of graduate passing rates and employment directly influence decisions made about course content, purposes, and pedagogy. When graduates do not do well on a portion of the examination, consideration will be given to changing the courses and instruction associated with that set of topics. Candidate testing also is an important part of teacher education. Academic and verbal skills, content area, and pedagogical knowledge are tested and the results ...

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