ERIC Number: EJ866462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Knowledge Development at the Time of Use: A Problem-Based Approach to Lesson Planning in Primary Teacher Training in a Low Knowledge, Low Skill Context
Newton, Douglas P.; Newton, Lynn D.
Educational Studies, v35 n3 p311-321 Jul 2009
Primary school teachers generally have to teach several subjects. Their training, however, is often fairly short and it is tempting to force-feed them with everything they need to know to teach these subjects. It is more realistic to accept that a short course cannot do everything. Instead, it would be better to equip these students with skills that help them cope when their initial knowledge is weak. This study describes a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to skill development in science lesson planning where subject knowledge was initially weak. It examines student-teacher confidence in and satisfaction with this planning, motivation and feelings about collaborative work. Advice is offered on adopting a PBL approach for developing lesson planning skills.
Descriptors: Minicourses, Problem Based Learning, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Skills, Coping, Science Instruction, Lesson Plans, Planning, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Self Esteem, Student Teacher Attitudes, Motivation, Cooperative Learning, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom