ERIC Number: ED478626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Preservice Teachers Design "Cool"&"Awesome" Learning Environments.
Johnson, Celia E.; Templeton, Rosalyn A.; Thomas, Joann; Diamond, Linda; Miller, Lana; Triplett, Louise
As classrooms change and become more student-centered, it is essential to provide preservice teachers with opportunities that enhance their learning of different strategies. One strategy commonly seen in student-centered classrooms is the use of learning centers. This study began when three primary teachers (two third grade teachers and one special education teacher) and their principal expressed interest in collaborating with a university teacher education professor. The purpose of the study was to assess the quality of learning centers designed by preservice teachers and student learning in those centers through the use of survey information from third grade students. Forty-six third grade students and nine preservice teachers participated in the study. Special education services in the school followed an inclusion model, with students placed in the regular classroom with their same age peers. Preservice teacher reflections and the third graders' responses on surveys designed to provide feedback on nine learning centers were used as the data source analyzed for this study. Implications are that studies of this nature can be extended to further expand the knowledge of collaborative and mentoring programs, gain perspective on how children view their own learning, develop self-assessment and reflection skills, and support motivation of learners at all levels. (Author/SM)
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 (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).