ERIC Number: EJ1045065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 42
Fostering Knowledge and Skills to Teach for Diversity: "There Is Nothing so Practical as a Good Theory"
Marchel, Carol A.; Green, Susan K
Teacher Education and Practice, v27 n1 p118-137 Win 2014
Increased use of field-based teacher preparation offers important opportunities to develop skills with diverse learners. However, limited focus on theoretical content restricts understanding and generalization of well-proven theoretical approaches, resulting in fragmented field applications unlikely to result in broad application. Inspired by Kurt Lewin's often-repeated maxim that "there is nothing so practical as a good theory," we show how one theory tied to learning and motivation yields coherent pedagogical insights and strategies. Using key theories, teachers can develop approaches for effective use with all learners, rather than requiring a special type of strategy for each type of learner.
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Academic Achievement, Goal Orientation, Educational Theories, Student Participation, Decision Making, Transfer of Training, Metacognition, Learning Motivation, Critical Thinking
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