In-Service Teacher Education in Commonwealth Africa

Report of a Commonwealth Regional Workshop, Swaziland, 15–25 May 1979

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This is the report of a workshop organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat on the theme of “Implementing programmes of in-service teacher education.” The main objective was to help those involved in the provision of in-service training to consider alternative modes of training which would enable more teachers to be given in-service training at less cost than through conventional methods and to establish an effective infrastructure of support and supervision for this training.



Lead Papers: Alternative Approaches to Teacher Education

Although moves to modernize school education have been made in many countries over a period of years it is a curious fact that it is only in quite recent times that the education and training of teachers has been the subject of serious critical examination and experiment. Indeed, teacher education has long appeared to be the most rigid and conservative part of many national education systems and one, it must be said, which has received least priority in educational development planning, with a frequent lack of resources, both physical and human, institutions of teacher education have rarely been challenged - nor have they been able - to re-examine their objectives and programmes in any fundamental way.


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