Training of Teachers

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    A DETERMINATION that teachers, as a body, should not be inferior to other professions in respect of their education and training led the National Union of Teachers to undertake two years ago an investigation of the whole question of the training of teachers and the grants available for the purpose. The investigating committee, composed of six members of the Union's executive and six representatives of university training departments, of training colleges and of secondary schools, completed its work last February, and the report has been published in the form of a book of 360 pages including a summary of the principal conclusions formulated in 95 articles. These range over a wide field, including recruitment and placing as well as training. Although a number of the recommendations concern the content of training courses, the committee regarded such things as internal matters for the training institutions. In a preliminary chapter a strong case is made out for requiring some actual experience of teaching practice before admission to a training institution, this being desirable less for its intrinsic value than as a test of aptitude for the career of a teacher, for it is notorious that many recipients of grants for training have no such aptitude nor even any serious desire to take up teaching as a profession. It is proposed to make an officer of the local education authority report on the teaching potentialities, personality and general suitability for the teaching profession of every applicant for a place in a university training department or training college.

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    Training of Teachers. Nature 143, 993 (1939) doi:10.1038/143993a0

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