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ERIC Number: EJ1147238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Children's Literacy Growth, and Candidates' and Teachers' Professional Development Resulting from a PDS-Based Initial Certification Literacy Course
Rosenthal, Julie L.; Donnantuono, Marie; Lebron, Mary; Flynn, Christina
School-University Partnerships, v10 n1 p57-65 Spr 2017
This paper reports the effects on children, teacher candidates, and classroom teachers of a PDS-based initial certification course in the teaching of literacy. In this course, teacher candidates work with individual struggling readers on a range of literacy tasks, and the classroom teacher and university faculty member serve as course co-instructors. Results indicate that participating children grew more in literacy skills than non-participating children matched on beginning-of-year test scores. Candidates developed in their understanding of how assessment informs instruction, and moved from focusing on low-level skills to balancing their literacy instruction. Teachers found that serving as co-instructors resulted in significant, positive changes in their own practice, which likely contributed to children's learning. This collaborative project addresses NAPDS Essentials 2 and 8 in that university and school faculty cooperatively teach the course, preparing future educators within the context of the school community. It also tangentially addresses Essential 3, as participating teachers reported experiencing professional development as a result of their work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
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