ERIC Number: ED308163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Making Explicit Implicit Theories of Teaching: Starting Points in Preservice Programs.
Cole, Ardra L.
A discussion is presented of a project that attempts to link research interest in teachers' implicit theories, attitudes, beliefs, and teaching practice and with a preservice introductory educational psychology course. The main purpose of the study was to make more personally meaningful and practical the pedagogical theories, research, and ideas studied in the course by engaging the 150 prospective teachers, enrolled in three sections of a course in educational psychology in a process of self-inquiry leading to an articulation of a "Beginning Personal Theory of Teaching." The second purpose was to begin a long-term study of the development of teachers' personal theories of teaching from their articulated beginnings in the preservice program, through the induction years, and into experienced practice. This paper describes the nature and content of the self-inquiry program and recounts how the student experienced it. This provides the basis for some reflections on the university-based component of the preservice teacher education program. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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).