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Preparing America’s Teachers: A History

reviewed by Christopher J. Lucas - April 26, 2007

coverTitle: Preparing America’s Teachers: A History
Author(s): James W. Fraser
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747343 , Pages: 288, Year: 2006
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The history of teacher preparation is one of the most neglected topics in the literature of American education. So declares Professor Fraser in recounting how teacher training has been organized and conducted—or given short shrift—from colonial times down to the present day. His is a thoroughly engaging and masterful account, skillfully retold. Setting aside the details of teacher licensure issues, policy disputes, the work of such familiar reformers as Horace Mann and Henry Barnard, the growing influence of accreditation bodies, and so on, he focuses instead on the many types of teacher training agencies that flourished in all their confusing variability throughout the 1800s and into the century following: pedagogical seminaries, academies, teacher institutes, high schools, normal schools, preparatory departments, colleges, and so on. Only gradually, the author remarks, did identifying labels begin to yield to some semblance of order and intelligibility. The author’s analysis of that convoluted process of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 26, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14396, Date Accessed: 4/18/2021 4:50:02 PM

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  • Christopher Lucas
    University of Arkansas—Fayetteville
    CHRISTOPHER J. LUCAS is Professor of Foundations of Education and Policy Studies at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. His degrees include a B.A. (Syracuse University); the M.A.T. (Northwestern University); and Ph.D. (Ohio State University). He taught previously at Kent State University and the University of Missouri prior to assuming his current post. He is the author of numerous works, including American Higher Education: A History; Crisis in the Academy; New Faculty; and Teacher Education in America: Reform Agendas for the Twenty-First Century.
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