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Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2007, Vol. 3(3) 20-42

Clinging to the managerial approach in implementing teacher education ‘reform’ tasks in ethiopia

Kedir Assefa Tessema

pp. 20 - 42   |  Manu. Number: ijpe.2007.003

Published online: October 15, 2007  |   Number of Views: 1  |  Number of Download: 22


In this paper, the author argues that the pre-service secondary teacher education ‘paradigm shift’ or ‘system overhaul’ that has been implemented during the  2003-  2005 time period in Ethiopia reflects the  pursuit of  pathways which  the author refers  to as a managerial approach. Grounded mainly on personal narratives of a key self- narrator and views of other faculty reform performers, the author brings to surface the ideology upheld by central reform planners and administrators. The author identifies four reform tasks to demonstrate the consistency in the  paths  pursued  to  effect  policies of central priorities. These reform tasks which mainly concern changes in curriculum and instruction were planned and have been effected in managerial spaces and tools. The author further argues that, in effect, if not in intent, the managerial approach has had a sidelining effect because the larger practitioners, professional associations, communities, student teachers, and private popular media have  been  given little or no opportunities for participation. According to the author, the approach has also reduced pedagogical concerns and values to an adjunct or secondary   position.

Keywords: managerial approach, reform, teacher education, practicum

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APA 6th edition
Tessema, K.A. (2007). Clinging to the managerial approach in implementing teacher education ‘reform’ tasks in ethiopia . International Journal of Progressive Education, 3(3), 20-42.

Tessema, K. (2007). Clinging to the managerial approach in implementing teacher education ‘reform’ tasks in ethiopia . International Journal of Progressive Education, 3(3), pp. 20-42.

Chicago 16th edition
Tessema, Kedir Assefa (2007). "Clinging to the managerial approach in implementing teacher education ‘reform’ tasks in ethiopia ". International Journal of Progressive Education 3 (3):20-42.

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