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ERIC Number: EJ915871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Does Professional Development School Preparation Make a Difference? A Comparison of Three Teacher Candidate Studies
Castle, Sharon; Fox, Rebecca K.; Fuhrman, Caroline
School-University Partnerships, v3 n2 p58-68 Fall 2009
The article compares three replication studies that explore potential differences between teacher candidates trained in professional development schools and those trained in a traditional program. Data sources included student teaching evaluations (analyzed quantitatively) and portfolio reflections, oral and written (analyzed qualitatively). The quantitative results showed group differences in the first study only; the qualitative results showed clear group differences across the three studies. In each study, the professional development school teacher candidates showed greater ownership, more integrated thinking, more connections between reflection and practice, more assessment-driven instruction, and more attention to the why of decision making. Differences in programmatic structure are used to explain the findings. (Contains 4 tables.)
National Association for Professional Development Schools. College of Education University of South Carolina, Wardlaw 252, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-1515; Fax: 803-777-3035; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A