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ERIC Number: EJ1040951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1570-2081
Investigating Effective Teaching Methods for a Place-Based Teacher Preparation in a Rural Community
Ajayi, Lasisi
Educational Research for Policy and Practice, v13 n3 p251-268 Oct 2014
In this article, I argue for the need to improve teacher preparation (TP) courses for elementary education student teachers to teach English-language arts (ELA). In particular, these TP programs need to support student teachers in delivering culturally responsive pedagogy within rural classrooms. Twenty-three student teachers participated in this research, which was aimed at investigating effective teaching pedagogy both within a place-based TP course and within teaching experiences within a rural border county. The student teachers took a course in literacy methods for 16 weeks, taught ELA in elementary schools using specific methods, and participated in videotaped collaborative reflections. Data collection for the study involved the student teachers' responses to reflective questions, field notes, and evaluative essays. The findings suggested that providing student teachers with project-based, cooperative, inquiry-based activities, as well as opportunities for collaborative reflection during their university classes provided a learning context for the student teachers that connected ELA instruction to the economic situations of the rural communities. In addition, the findings indicated that the activities prepared the student teachers to develop the skills to relate instruction to people, culture, and social practices of rural the communities, value pupils' local knowledge and community resources, and learn from diverse perspectives and experiences of their peers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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