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Are We Improving or Undermining Teaching?


by Karen Kepler Zumwalt 1988

After giving some examples from the 1986 teachers' manual, I will discuss insights from two recent studies of teachers in relation to the impact these changes have on teachers and curriculum. An alternate vision of teaching and its relationship to curriculum is suggested by these studies. It is this vision, rather than the one creeping into too many schools, combined with some of the proposed reforms of the teaching profession that hold promise for supporting good teachers and teaching, ensuring a curriculum responsive to the needs of students as well as of society.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 87, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 5, 1988, p. 148-174
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18955, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 7:31:14 AM

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  • Karen Zumwalt
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    KAREN K. ZUMWALT is the Professor of Education on the Evenden Foundation in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.
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