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ERIC Number: EJ819811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Investigating the Impact of a Practicum Experience in an Aquarium on Pre-Service Teachers
Anderson, David; Lawson, Bethan; Mayer-Smith, Jolie
Teaching Education, v17 n4 p341-353 Dec 2006
This study investigated the impact of a three-week pilot practicum experience in an Aquarium setting on secondary pre-service biology teachers' epistemologies and pedagogies of teaching and learning. A qualitative case study methodology was employed to examine the experiences, views of teaching and learning, and teaching development of a small cohort of pre-service teachers who participated in the practicum experience in the Aquarium as part of their teacher education program. All pre-service teachers in the cohort experienced profound changes in their views of what it means to teach and learn, gained confidence in their ability to teach, and felt empowered as science educators following their teaching in the informal setting. Participants developed broader views of education, increased understandings of the educational theories of constructivism and of "teachable moments", and broader skills of teaching K-12 students. The study illustrates the potential of re/forming teacher education programs to incorporate practicum experience that goes beyond classroom settings. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A