ERIC Number: ED383676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-22
A Case Study: Helping Preservice Teachers Internalize the Interconnectedness of Believing, Knowing, Seeing, and Doing.
Kasten, Barbara J.; Ferraro, Joan M.
This case study used an expanded method for helping student teacher interns examine their interpretation of what it is to be a teacher. Participants were two faculty members and four groups of preservice teachers working in a collegial environment at a small liberal arts college. Students participated in a professional development seminar that functions as a culminating reflective activity for the students' professional preparation. Study components included the students' own case studies of themselves, analysis of student progress toward 10 program competencies, journals, self-analysis videotaping, and portfolios. During the seminars the researcher-facilitators modeled reflective strategies and an action research process by responding to the interns' written commentaries and engaging them in discussion. Constant change and modification to respond to the group and their changes was a central component of the process of the study. The process showed that the student teaching seminar raised the interns' philosophy of teaching to a consciousness that was intentional, not just implicit. Through the seminar's many opportunities for reflection, the interns were able to "work at" their philosophy. Interns used the knowledge gained from their professional coursework as building blocks for designing their own teacher identity. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).