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ERIC Number: EJ831013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Examining Differences in Students' Beliefs and Attitudes: An Important Element of Performance-Based Assessment Systems for Teacher Preparation Programs
Scott-Little, Catherine; La Paro, Karen M.; Weisner, Amanda
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v27 n4 p379-390 Oct 2006
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) program review process increasingly emphasizes the importance of performance-based assessment of early childhood teacher preparation programs. As part of the effort to address performance-based assessment requirements, the teacher educator program described in this study examined students' beliefs related to developmentally appropriate practice, attitudes toward children, and perceived competencies at different points in the program and upon graduation. One hundred eighteen students and 78 recent graduates participated. Results suggest that students' beliefs are more consistent with developmentally appropriate practices and with a progressive or child-centered approach at later points in the program. In general, participants felt they were more competent in what they know about early childhood practices than in how they implement the practices. Students nearing completion of the program and those who had graduated reported that they knew more about early childhood practices than students enrolled in early courses in the program, and graduates felt they were more competent to implement early childhood practices than students not enrolled in the program. Results are discussed in terms of implications for examining teacher preparation programs. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A