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ERIC Number: EJ894802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Teacher Candidates' Questions within the Context of an Educational Psychology Course
Gallagher, Tiffany L.
Teaching Educational Psychology, v5 n2 p50-60 Spr 2009
The belief systems with which teacher candidates enter their preservice programs powerfully shape their perceptions about teaching and learning. Data were gathered from 412 teacher candidates over the course of 5 academic years. Each of the participants posed 2 questions at the beginning of their course that they would like to be answered during their preservice educational psychology course. Independent raters coded questions using the four domains of "Instruction and Assessment," "Students as Learners," "Communication Techniques," and "Profession and Community" (Praxis Series: Principles of Learning and Teaching, 2005). Three quarters of the questions in the "Students as Learners" domain and in particular, over one quarter of all of the teacher candidates posed questions, related to "Classroom Management." These questions were focused on reactive classroom management interventions especially for moderate and serious misbehaviors. An awareness of teacher candidates' questions will assist teacher educators to position classroom management in the context of educational psychology courses. (Contains 2 tables.)
Teaching Educational Psychology Special Interest Group (TEP/SIG). Educational Foundations Department, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, 1 South George Street, Millersville, PA 17551. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada