ERIC Number: EJ720071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 25
Teachers as Change Agents: A Study of In-Service Teachers' Practical Knowledge
Action in Teacher Education, v26 n4 p10-19 Win 2005
This study investigates in-service early childhood teachers' "practical knowledge" (Elbaz, 1981) in implementing changes in the classroom in the Republic of Singapore. In Singapore, many early childhood classrooms are teacher-directed where learning takes place in large groups. As part of the in-service teacher education program, a learner-centered practicum required teachers to visualize how they can include children's choice through designing learning corners and implementing small group learning. This investigation unveils how teachers used their "practical knowledge" to implement change and documents evidences of the change after 3 to 5 years of its initial implementation. It also highlights conditions for change and offers suggestions to policy makers, curriculum designers, and teacher educators in educating for change.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Change Agents, Inservice Teacher Education, Student Centered Curriculum, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore