Princeton
Weekly Bulletin
May 22, 2000
Vol. 89, No. 28
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Professors instruct Teachers as Scholars

By Pam Hersh

Renewed energy," "affirmation" and "intellectual stimulation" were among the benefits 80 elementary and secondary school teachers said they received this year from a new program in which they had a chance to reverse roles and become students for a few hours.

The program, called Teachers as Scholars (TAS), is part of the University's Teacher Preparation Program. This past year it offered seven seminars of three or four sessions each, taught by Princeton professors. Topics ranged from Childhood and Empire (taught by Uli Knoepflmacher, Patton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature) to Pleasures of Poetry (by English professor James Richardson) to Technology in American Life (by history professor Michael Mahoney).

"In promoting the concept of lifelong learning by teachers, TAS values and rewards excellence in teaching," said Todd Kent, associate director of the Teacher Preparation Program.

Had a ball, learned a lot

"This is exactly the type of community service that Princeton University should be engaged in," said Stanley Katz, lecturer with rank of professor in public and international affairs. Katz helped develop the Teachers as Scholars program when he was president of the American Council of Learned Societies. In 1996 Harvard University was the first school to embrace the concept, and since that time the program has spread to colleges and universities throughout the country.

The TAS students are not the only ones who benefit from the seminars.

"I had a ball, and I learned a lot myself," said Katz. He taught a seminar entitled Civil Society, analogous to his undergraduate course, Social Capital and Civil Society. "The participants were bright, eager, diverse in their backgrounds and opinions, and, because they are adults, the TAS students gave me feedback and a perspective very different from what I get in my undergraduate classes."

Marvin Bressler, Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Emeritus, who led a class called Rethinking the Sixties, said, "Our colleagues in elementary and secondary education are the most underappreciated group in the entire education enterprise. Anyone encountering their intelligence and zeal would be encouraged about the quality of instruction in our schools. There is much to be learned from them."

TAS is supported by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Horace Goldsmith Foundation, Independent College Fund of New Jersey, participating school districts and the University.

 

 


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