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ERIC Number: EJ853924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
Images and Beliefs: Emerging Themes on Pedagogy from Pre-Service Teachers
Olafson, Lori; Bendixen, Lisa D.
Issues in Teacher Education, v11 n2 p3-16 Fall 2002
Previous research suggests that teacher education programs may have little or no impact on teacher candidates' beliefs about teaching and that teachers' beliefs are difficult to change. As new teacher educators employed at a large urban university located in the Southwestern United States, the authors were dismayed to discover that the instruction they were providing to students in the elementary teacher education program was quite possibly having little impact on their existing beliefs. Taking seriously Kagan's (1992a) call for teacher education programs to require students to make their pre-existing beliefs explicit and to "give novices extended opportunities to examine, elaborate, and integrate new information into their existing belief systems," the authors decided to reconceptualize the introductory elementary teacher education course. This study examines the impact of instruction on entry-level beliefs: that is, if instructional tasks were designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and reflect upon their belief systems, would there be any changes in their beliefs? The authors present the results of two categories that emerged from participants' beliefs about teaching: (1) Images of Teaching/Learning; and (2) Contexts For Teaching. Although they discuss these categories separately, the authors recognize that in the classroom such distinctions are blurred. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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