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ERIC Number: EJ904498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4871
Learning from Young Adolescents: The Use of Structured Teacher Education Coursework to Help Beginning Teachers Investigate Middle School Students' Intellectual Capabilities
Conklin, Hilary G.; Hawley, Todd S.; Powell, Dave; Ritter, Jason K.
Journal of Teacher Education, v61 n4 p313-327 Sep-Oct 2010
In this article, the authors discuss a case study in which beginning teachers interviewed young adolescents as part of structured teacher education coursework designed to challenge teachers' low expectations for young adolescents. Based on pre- and postsurveys, pre- and post-focus group interviews, classroom field notes, and teachers' written analysis papers, the authors' data suggest that the coursework helped to shape changes in beginning teachers' views of young adolescents' analytical capabilities and social studies knowledge. However, these shifts in teachers' thinking about young adolescents' capabilities did not translate into shifts in the teachers' ideas about middle school social studies instruction. The authors argue that carefully structured coursework like this interview project holds promise for helping beginning teachers develop new understandings about learners, but attention to students' abilities must also be accompanied by attention to teachers' purposes and pedagogical understandings. (Contains 4 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A