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ERIC Number: EJ833598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Developing Caring Dispositions in Preservice Teachers: Pilot Project
Nowak-Fabrykowski, Krystyna
Teacher Education and Practice, v20 n4 p444-463 Fall 2007
The purpose of this study was to assess early childhood preservice teachers' caring dispositions. In this pilot project, 35 preservice teachers were involved. They spent 30 hours in the field. The tool for assessment--Caring Teachers' Components and Characteristics--was developed on the basis of the theory of caring per Noddings (1992) and Mayeroff (1971), as aligned with Praxis III (Dwyer, 1994). The co-researchers were the cooperating teachers supervising the candidates in the field. They served as assessors commenting on the progress of the candidates' caring disposition. The results of this research show that according to the cooperating teachers, preservice teachers manifested their caring disposition through some characteristics but that there are many that they still must develop. The strongest characteristics were their modeling ability (to encourage students to extend their knowledge), their monitoring of students' understanding, and their providing feedback. Also, the cooperating teachers pointed to our candidates' ability to establish and maintain rapport with students. Some of the weakest points were as follows: making content comprehensible to the students, organizing content for instruction, and reflecting. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio