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ERIC Number: EJ764623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Voices from the Classroom: Literacy Beliefs and Practices of Two Novice Elementary Teachers
Deal, Debby; White, C. Stephen
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v20 n4 p313-329 Sum 2006
As political mandates in the United States continue to demand increasing levels of literacy by all young children, the importance of identifying factors that influence novice teachers' development over time become more critical. In this article, we explore Phase I of a longitudinal study, which describes the evolving literacy beliefs and practices of two early childhood teachers as they progress from pre-student teaching through the end of their first year as professional teachers. Interview and observational data indicated that external factors such as teacher preparation and teaching context, as well as dispositions, were key factors across time. As professional teachers, the participants' demonstrated beliefs and practices associated with effective teachers. Their literacy practices reflected their expressed beliefs and broadened over time. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States