ERIC Number: ED365109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
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A Qualitative Analysis of a Preservice Second Language Teacher's Development.
Edwards, Mary D.
Using qualitative inquiry, this study provided a descriptive autobiographical revelation of the various developmental experiences of a preservice French teacher. A major focus on the subjective aspects of the teacher candidate's development provided additional information concerning her mental and personal life and the influence they have on her development as an educator. Triangulation, or the inclusion of multiple methods and sources of data, was used to provide a more thorough and accurate analysis and interpretation of the results. A biographical sketch, transcripts, and test scores provided objective measures of the preservice teacher's development while coursework documents, a personal diary, and student teaching journal traced her subjective development. Data analysis revealed four distinct phases of development: formal language learning, pedagogical instruction, second language acquisition, and the student teaching experience. Recommendations and methodological reflections are offered. The author's coursework for academic credit in formal language learning, scores on the National Teacher Exams (NTE) Core Battery and Specialty Test in French, and coursework in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program are appended. (Contains 35 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preservice Teachers
Note: Master's Thesis, Memphis State University.