ERIC Number: ED331810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Cognitive Constructs of Pre-Service Teachers: How Students Think about Teaching before Formal Preparation.
Mertz, Norma T.; McNeely, Sonja R.
The study reported here is the first step in what is intended to be a multi-stage project to follow 10 prepreparation students as they move through the teacher preparation program and begin to teach. This first stage explored the question of whether these students held cognitive constructs about teaching and what these constructs were like. Data were obtained through one-to-one interviews. (A copy of the interview protocol is included.) Findings indicate that the students did hold cognitive constructs about teaching, that they held different, in part mutually exclusive constructs, and that the constructs were both strongly held and deeply imbedded. The possible influence of cognitive constructs held by prepreparation students on their preparation and classroom experiences is explored, as well as the possible implications of such thinking on research into preservice, novice, and inservice teacher beliefs and practices. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).