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ERIC Number: ED412229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Educational Researchers, Practitioners, and Students of Teaching Reflect on Experience, Practice, and Theories: Action Research in a Preservice Course--"Reading and Literature in the Schools."
Rearick, Mary L.
This paper describes a tool called the Professional Development Project (PDP) that helps preservice teachers become reflective teachers. Action research in a course for preservice teachers, "Reading and Literature in the Schools," from 1993 through 1996 led to the development of the PDP. Action research helps students become reflective practitioners and generators of knowledge. Data sources included the portfolios of 105 undergraduate and graduate students, student course evaluations, dialogue journals, and student instructional reports. The PDP as developed is a semester-long learning tool that incorporates a variety of assignments to help students reflect on their own literacy experiences and create their own autobiographies. As students create their own action research and conduct their own case studies, they develop as critical consumers of educational theory. The PDP is both a project and a process that illustrates that students are willing and able to use reflection as a springboard for learning. (Contains nine references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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