ERIC Number: ED331811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-6
Reference Count: 0
Who Are the Experts? Teachers' and Professors' Knowledge of Developmental Psychology.
Seifert, Kelvin L.
This research compared how elementary school teachers and professors of developmental psychology organize knowledge about child development. It compared them in the light of two hypotheses: (1) compared to professors, teachers are "novices" about developmental psychology; and (2) compared to professors, teachers have "different," rather than deficient, knowledge about development and organize their knowledge differently. According to the second hypothesis, teachers and professors are both "novices," but only with respect to each other. Results supported the cognitive difference hypothesis more strongly than cognitive deficit: professors and teachers highlighted different sorts of issues about children when organizing their knowledge of developmental psychology, even though professors provided more verbally prolific taxonomies overall. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Knowledge
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).