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ERIC Number: EJ1135199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
"So, You Think You Can Teach?" - Reflection Processes That Support Pre-Service Teachers' Readiness for Field Experiences
McDonald, Denise; Kahn, Michele
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v8 n2 Article 18 Jul 2014
This paper discusses and examines the effectiveness of course assignments designed to promote reflection processes and critical thinking of pre-service teachers. Specifically, the study explores and identifies the range of students' level of reflectivity and critical examination of their own developing pedagogy, with foci on content knowledge, dispositions and teaching skills. In general, initial findings indicate students' levels of reflectivity ranged from "self " to "outside of self " to "beyond self " concerns or focus. Analysis further revealed that the students' existing epistemological beliefs possibly mediate their level of reflectivity by either inhibiting the reflective process (most evident with those focused on task, grade, time, procedures and some performance concerns), or supported the reflective thinking flow (most evident through focus on interest, identity, expectations, relevancy, development, personal and student impact concerns).
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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