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New Trends in Teacher Training and the Place of Information Technology in Education

Asst. Prof. Dr. Haydar ATEŞ

Educational institutions fall under open systems category due to their close interaction with the social structure and its environment. As in every system, among the components of the education system are inputs, process, outputs, feedback and “environmental” subsystems that closely interact with it. As for “process”, a subsystem that has a lot of transactions, we see a cycle set on four pedestals including “administration”, “teaching”, cultural” and “political.” Reports prepared as a result of comprehensive research conducted by international institutions and organizations state that teachers who constitute a critical axis of the education system play an important role in student academic success along with other axes. Thereunder, reports prepared as a result of research focusing on selecting, training and developing teacher candidates, quality of education and improving student success have come up with some recommendations. While education is being redefined as a structure and process in addition to being a system, the components of education undergo a structural transformation. While educational institutions and organizations are put at the center as a basic change and transformation element of the social structure in our information age, student has begun to be re-defined as “strategic human resource” and teachers as “strategic teaching leaders.” The present study deals with the new trends in selecting, training and developing “teachers” which are a sub-dimension of the “Educational Process”, and thereunder, the increasing importance of the information technology and its possible contribution to the training and qualifications of teachers, and seeks to come up with some recommendations.

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