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Academic Leadership Journal

Abstract

Both the professional literature and non-academic resources are replete with references to both the successes and failures of the current state of education. There is very little doubt that education is receiving intense scrutiny from a variety of sources and in regard to numerous aspects of its implementation. A primary focus of this examination has been the teacher work force, specifically its effectiveness in promoting measurable student growth and achievement. While this is a natural and imperative center of the investigation, it also encompasses ancillary issues, such as the manner in which the teachers are prepared to assume their instructional roles, and to what extent they are continuing to augment their professional development and effectiveness once they enter the classroom setting. Issues such as these clearly draw teacher preparation programs at the higher education level into the conversation. To address these concerns, conventional teacher education programs are being analyzed as to their efficacy and practical application to real world demands.

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