ERIC Number: ED463258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-25
Identifying Desirable Pre-Service Teacher Dispositions: An Intractable Problem?
This paper addresses the issue of student teacher dispositions, explaining that some colleges feel that it is important for student teachers to possess certain dispositions. The paper notes that a positive teacher disposition is necessary but not sufficient, proposing that colleges establish dispositions committees to broadly assess individual preservice teachers' dispositions. The paper explains that using strict checklists of desired disposition traits is not an appropriate method of screening candidates, and it can be very difficult to define terms on that checklist. It suggests that school students may be shortchanged if they only are taught by dispositionally acceptable teachers, explaining that attempting to produce lists of dispositions might be interpreted as attempts to produce a cadre of "correct" individuals (which contradicts the claim that diversity is respected and embraced). The paper notes that the task of evaluating dispositions is complex and fraught with pitfalls. It presents a list of 21 key pre-service teacher dispositional questions that must be tackled before any proposals can be submitted (e.g., the definition of disposition, whether student teacher disposition should be addressed at all, and level of dispositional tolerance). (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (54th, New York, NY, February 23-26, 2002).