ERIC Number: ED372047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Reflective Infusion in Christian College Teacher Preparation.
Tipton, Grant M., III; Samek, Linda L.
This study was conducted to examine the perceived value of reflective practices/techniques in Christian college teacher education programs; and the usage level of techniques and practices for the infusion of reflection in Christian institutions. A review of the literature determined the following 10 reflective practices and techniques as a viable sample of reflective methodologies: autobiography, case studies, critical inquiry, curriculum analysis and modification, dialoging, ethnography, forums, journals, portfolios, and problematizing (analyzing and solving problems). A survey instrument was developed and mailed to 88 individual faculty members from the Christian College Coalition. Recipients were asked to rate perceived value and usage levels of the 10 reflective practices/techniques and respond to a variety of demographic questions. The final return rate of usable surveys was 71.6 percent. According to the data analysis, respondents generally favored and hoped to increase the usage of reflective practices/techniques; and no differences were noted in the ratings of those teacher educators holding master's degrees as compared to those holding doctorates, or in the ratings of those whose background was in elementary education as opposed to secondary. Based on results of the study, recommendations and some implications for further research are included. A copy of the survey instrument is appended. (Contains approximately 30 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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