ERIC Number: ED306214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Psychological and Personal Dimensions of Prospective Teachers' Reflective Abilities.
Richards, Janet C.; And Others
This study of student teachers' reflective abilities defines reflecting about teaching as the capability and willingness of prospective teachers to question and critically analyze their teaching and teaching experiences. In discussing differences between student teachers in psychological and personal dimensions, the characteristics examined were: (1) experience; (2) academic performance; (3) achievement need; (4) locus of control; (5) creative ability; and (6) personality type. The subjects of the study were 16 elementary education majors enrolled in reading/language arts courses designated as an inquiry-oriented early field experience. Dialogue journals were chosen as the primary mode of reflection. These journals were analyzed weekly for evidence of reflective thinking. At midsemester the subjects were classified as either "reflective" or "non-reflective" based on their journals and individual interviews. The results indicated that there may be measurable psychological and personal determinants or characteristics which describe "reflectors." Some of these characteristics are self-confidence, academic ability, and prior experience. A significant "reflector" characteristic was internal locus of control and the belief that they are in control of themselves and their actions rather than external forces. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).