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ERIC Number: EJ904501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4871
Understanding Teacher Candidate Dispositions: Reflecting to Build Self-Awareness
Schussler, Deborah L.; Stooksberry, Lisa M.; Bercaw, Lynne A.
Journal of Teacher Education, v61 n4 p350-363 Sep-Oct 2010
Dispositions have become an important part of the conversation about effective teaching. The purpose of this article is to analyze the disposition domains teacher candidates draw from as they think about their early teaching experiences. A framework of three disposition domains--intellectual, cultural, and moral--was used as a heuristic to analyze 35 teacher candidates' journals. The candidates reflected on a range of topics, yet few possessed the self-knowledge to identify their assumptions and evaluate how these assumptions influenced their teaching decisions. Candidates with the greatest capacity to unpack their assumptions and who therefore possessed the greatest awareness of their dispositions demonstrated (a) a propensity for questioning the how and why of their thinking and actions, (b) a balance between focusing on students and the self, and (c) an adoption of multiple perspectives. These baseline data provide essential information for teacher educators working to develop candidates' dispositions. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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