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ERIC Number: EJ1176468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Scaffolding Immigrant Early Childhood Teacher Education Students toward the Appropriation of Pedagogical Tools
Massing, Christine
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v39 n2 p73-89 2018
Teacher educators and field placement supervisors in early childhood teacher education (ECTE) programs aid their students in learning a specific repertoire of tools and skills, including pedagogical tools they can mobilize in their future practice. However, these tools reify abstract notions about how to teach young children that are consistent with the values and beliefs of the specific community of practice or culture, and culturally diverse students may ascribe different meanings and uses to the tools. This one-year ethnographic study explored how 20 immigrant and refugee students constructed understandings of the authoritative discourse during their coursework and field placements in an urban ECTE college program in western Canada. Qualitative data were collected through field notes, spatial mapping, interviews, focus groups, and artifacts/documents. Framed by sociocultural-historical theory, this paper focuses on the scaffolding methods used by teacher educators and expert peers to assist students in appropriating children's picture books and songs as tools to use during their field placement experiences. The most effective of these scaffolding strategies used mediational devices to evoke recollections of each student's experiences "back home," thus advancing possibilities for more culturally resonant teacher education classes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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