In-Service Education for Teachers, Supervisors, and Administrators

In-Service Education for Teachers, Supervisors, and Administrators

In-Service Education for Teachers, Supervisors, and Administrators

In-Service Education for Teachers, Supervisors, and Administrators

Excerpt

The present volume is the second in the National Society's series of yearbooks to be devoted entirely to in-service education. Part I of the Seventh Yearbook was planned as a sequel to earlier volumes dealing with the preparation and certification of teachers and supervisory officers. Substantively, it is the report of returns from an inquiry submitted by the Society to superintendents and principals in city school systems with the view of ascertaining best practices being utilized for the improvement of teachers in service. The report was prepared by Charles D. Lowry, a member of the Society and District Superintendent of Schools in Chicago. The author's observations on the purpose and method of in-service education are a noteworthy pronouncement on the timeliness of the National Society's first yearbook on this subject. As an interesting background for the reading of the present yearbook, Mr. Lowry's comments are presented here in his own phrasing.

"The work of making good teachers must be carried forward steadily because of the immaturity of teachers on entering the profession, the unevenness of their preparation, the singular lack of external stimulus connected with the practice of the profession, the complex nature of the work that must be intrusted to even the poorest teacher, the profound injury that results when the work is badly done, the constant change in methods and curriculum.

"The making of good teachers is accomplished in two ways, by instruction on the part of the supervision, by personal study on the part of the teacher. Instruction and study may be concerned with information, with methods, or with principles. The instruction which comes through sympathetic supervision which suggests correct methods but does not impose particular ones, which points to principles underlying methods, which shows the application of principles to schoolroom practice, which arouses a love for excellence in work and in scholarship will ever be the most powerful of the agencies for good."

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