ERIC Number: EJ1077949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Field-Based Teacher Education in Literacy: Preparing Teachers in Real Classroom Contexts
DeGraff, Tricia L.; Schmidt, Cynthia M.; Waddell, Jennifer H.
Teaching Education, v26 n4 p366-382 2015
For the past two decades, scholars have advocated for reforms in teacher education that emphasize relevant connections between theory and practice in university coursework and focus on clinical experiences. This paper is based on our experiences in designing and implementing an integrated literacy methods course in a field-based teacher education program. We describe issues involved in helping preservice teachers learn to differentiate literacy instruction for diverse learners in urban schools and describe how we use Grossman's framework of representation, decomposition, and approximation of practice to connect theory and practice. We offer insights about the importance of using recursive cycles of practice and carefully scaffolded learning through attention to different aspects of practice. Initial successes and challenges in implementing field-based literacy education are discussed.
Descriptors: Literacy, Field Experience Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Student Teaching, Methods Courses, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Implementation, Integrated Activities, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Internship Programs, Educational Practices, Teaching Skills, Teaching Methods, Performance Factors, Success
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: U336S090139