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ERIC Number: ED536960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 294
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-7810-0
Conceptualizing Agency: Preservice Social Studies Teachers' Thinking about Professional Decisions
Clark, J. Spencer
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University
This qualitative study investigated preservice social studies teachers' thinking about personal agency. This study used a case study design and was conducted in a semester long undergraduate social studies methods course. The findings drew upon data from eight participants. The participants were selected based on their stated purpose for teaching social studies. There were three main sources of data collected for this study that included researcher-prepared documents, participant-observations, and interviews. This study used Albert Bandura's (2001) work that is concerned with the cognitive aspects of human agency as a theoretical lens. The data suggests that participants prioritized certain discourses in thinking about their curriculum decisions, assessment development, professional acceptance, and resilience. This study demonstrates that a conflict in their thinking between two types of discourse began during their teacher education courses. This conflict is especially apparent in half of the participants' thinking about assessment development and professional acceptance. The participants' thinking in this regard represents the degrees to which some participants would possibly relinquish personal agency to make professional decisions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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