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ERIC Number: EJ817747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
"It's Not as Easy as It Looks": Preservice Teachers' Insights about Teaching Emerging from an Innovative Assignment in Educational Psychology
Downey, Jayne
Teaching Educational Psychology, v3 n1 p1-13 Jan 2008
Preservice teachers (PTs) tend to enter teacher education programs with naive understandings of the nature of teaching. In order to enhance their development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be an effective educator, I designed an innovative Educational Psychology assignment in the practice of teaching. PTs (N=48) formed four-person teams and taught a lesson to their peers that was recorded using digital video. They then watched a DVD of the lessons they taught and each completed a guided reflection task on the experience. Responses were analyzed to identify PTs' self-reported insights about teaching. Findings indicate the emergence of new understandings regarding planning and organization, pedagogical strategies, delivery, content knowledge, and classroom management. Implications and recommendations for instructors are offered. (Contains 5 tables.)
Teaching Educational Psychology Special Interest Group (TEP/SIG). Educational Foundations Department, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, 1 South George Street, Millersville, PA 17551. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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