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ERIC Number: EJ798813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Student Teachers' Use of Learning Theories to Diagnose Children's Learning Difficulties
Madsen, Andrea J.; Olson, Joanne K.
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v17 n1 p55-68 Spr 2005
Understanding how people learn is the foundation of informed teaching, yet it is difficult for teachers to articulate and effectively use. This study investigated how two preservice teachers' conceptions of learning theories transferred to their decisionmaking during student teaching. This paired-sample case study examined Research-Based Framework papers, oral defenses, student teaching practices, and reflection on-action. Findings indicate that knowledge from a video case analysis assignment given in the science methods course can transfer to classroom decisions during student teaching; however, perceived institutional constraints can override such knowledge, resulting in decisions that meet district requirements yet are knowingly detrimental to students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A