ERIC Number: EJ1105022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Looking at Learning as Preparation for Teaching
Hughes-McDonnell, Fiona J.
New Educator, v12 n3 p269-288 2016
One of the more heated and consequential debates in teacher education today concerns the instructional methods used in preparation programs and the knowledge and skills that teacher candidates should acquire. In this study, I examine looking at learning as a pedagogical approach to transition teacher candidates from the technical conceptions of teaching that they bring to the field toward a conception that more closely aligns with the research on how people learn for understanding (National Research Council 2000, 2005). Data are taken from responses given by teacher candidates to a writing prompt administered at the course outset and field reports they submitted following field assignments that required them to detail moments of learning as they presented volunteer learners with materials they selected to spark their curiosity and elicit exploration. The approach is an application of Duckworth's critical exploration methodology (2006) in the field of teacher education and responds to the call of leaders in the field of teacher education to articulate a "pedagogy of teacher education" that is grounded in theory (Grossman, 2005) and reflects the nature of teaching for understanding itself (Loughran, 2006).
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Evidence Based Practice, Theory Practice Relationship, Student Journals, Writing Assignments, Reflection, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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