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February 2014

American Universities and Teacher Preparation: A Long and Uneasy Relationship

Professor Chris Ogren, University of Iowa

February 10, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Norman Hall Terrace Room

Universities have prepared students to be teachers since the Middle Ages, but teacher-preparation programs emerged only in the 19th century. In this Brown-Bag lecture, Professor Chris Ogren will discuss the evolution of approaches to preparing teachers, as well as who enrolled and how their characteristics and broader societal issues affected teacher education. She will also explain how a better understanding of the history of teacher education is essential for understanding the history of underrepresented groups of students in higher education more broadly. Teacher education has been a core element of higher education since its inception; its history needs to be central in accounts of university history as well as discussions of teacher preparation today.

The nation’s foremost authority on the history of teacher education in the United States, Christine (Chris) A. Ogren is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa. She is author of the book, The American State Normal School: An Instrument of Great Good, numerous scholarly articles, and most recently, “The History and Historiography of Teacher Preparation in the United States: A Synthesis, Analysis, and Potential Contributions to Higher Education History” in Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.  Her current book project is tentatively titled Summers Off:  A History of American Teachers’ Other Three Months.  Chris is currently Vice President/President Elect of the History of Education Society.