ERIC Number: EJ1098023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
What Matters: Preparing Teachers of Reading
Helfrich, Sara R.; Bean, Rita M.
Reading Horizons, v50 n4 Article 4 p241-262 Jan-Feb 2011
A descriptive study was employed to determine differences in knowledge of literacy instruction and perceived preparedness to teach literacy between two groups of teacher candidates enrolled in two different teacher preparation programs at one university. This study investigated which components--coursework, field experience, and collaboration--candidates perceived as best preparing them to teach literacy while enrolled in their program. Data collection instruments included the Survey of Perceptions and the Knowledge Inventory. Both groups of candidates, regardless of program and amount of time in the field, viewed both coursework and field experience as important. Few significant differences were found between candidates in knowledge of literacy instruction. And, while they perceived themselves as prepared to teach literacy, candidates did identify areas of further instructional need.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Literacy Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Field Experience Programs, Courses, Surveys, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes, Elementary Education, Cooperating Teachers, Graduate Study, Likert Scales, Cooperation, Teaching Methods, Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A