ERIC Number: ED474176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-17
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Using Social Inquiry Strategies To Enhance Teacher Candidate Dispositions.
Lamson, Sharon L.; Aldrich, Jennifer E.; Thomas, Kelli R.
This paper describes how faculty at one institution use social inquiry strategies to deal with the complicated issue of student teacher dispositions. It begins by explaining why they chose social inquiry and looking at the use of one social inquiry strategy, role playing, for enhancing appropriate dispositions. The next section presents examples of situational role plays that can make student teachers "squirm" with discomfort (situations that have many solutions, that can have disastrous outcomes if participants are not careful, and that can help participants make connections between theories of classroom management they have read about and discussed in class). The simulations are student-centered approaches to applying theory to practice in the safety of the classroom. The paper concludes that incorporating role play scenarios, predicaments, and "squirms" into teacher education courses engages student teachers in social inquiry, higher order thinking, and self-reflection. Participation in these strategies can contribute to teacher candidates' developing confidence and appropriate dispositions toward the many facets of education. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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