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ERIC Number: EJ833595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Preparing Preservice Teachers to Make Instructional Decisions through Coursework, Observational Field Experiences, and Teaching Experiences
Henning, John E.; Kohler, Frank W.
Teacher Education and Practice, v20 n4 p409-425 Fall 2007
The purpose of this article is to describe how preservice teachers are prepared to make on-the-spot instructional decisions at the University of Northern Iowa. On-the-spot instructional decision making, also known as "improvisational" or "interactive teaching", occurs in three distinct episodes: an initial assessment of student learning, an instructional modification, and a follow-up assessment. In this article, we discuss how our instruction addresses each element through a succession of coursework, observational field experiences, and teaching experiences. We demonstrate how we use the teacher work sample to assess the instructional decision-making capabilities of our student teachers, and we share our findings from an analysis of their performance. We conclude with a discussion of the challenges associated with teaching instructional decision making in a teacher education program. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa