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ERIC Number: EJ877780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Tracking Changes in the Learner-Centered Beliefs of Candidates in an Urban-Focused Teacher Preparation Program
Kasten, Katherine L.; Buckley-Van Hoek, Sharon
Teacher Education and Practice, v21 n3 p250-264 Sum 2008
The purpose of this longitudinal study was to focus on the learner-centered belief systems of students in early field placements and as intern teachers. This study provided an empirical test of the strengths of the university's clinical continuum and professional development school placements. The results indicate that perceptions of learner-centeredness among the preservice teachers compared favorably with those with whom the survey instrument was normed, particularly for students intending to teach at the primary and elementary grade levels. Perceptions of learner-centeredness appear to be modestly affected by internship placement in urban professional development schools. Some perceptions of learner-centeredness appear to change during the teacher preparation program, although only some of the statistically significant changes documented in this study support a shift toward increased learner-centeredness. The findings provide some support for the viability of learner-centeredness as a measure of preservice teacher dispositions. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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