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ERIC Number: EJ793759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
The Fabric of Teacher Candidate Dispositions: What Case Studies Reveal about Teacher Thinking
Schussler, Deborah L.; Bercaw, Lynne A.; Stooksberry, Lisa M.
Action in Teacher Education, v29 n4 p39-52 Win 2008
Although case-based methods are not new to teacher education, research that explores how cases develop teacher candidate dispositions is uncharted. This study used three disposition domains--intellectual, cultural, moral--as a heuristic to examine how 30 teacher candidates were inclined to think through a teaching situation presented in a case study. Three candidates are presented who exemplified patterns for calling on the domains. Teacher candidates readily identified aspects of difference between the teacher in the case and her students and thus suggested strategies to facilitate instruction and develop the teacher-student relationship. Few recognized assumptions related to their worldviews and values. For these candidates, an inverse relationship existed between awareness and assumptions. Furthermore, the match or mismatch between the background of the candidate and that of the teacher or students in the case seemed to influence the candidate's awareness and thus provide avenues for future research. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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