ERIC Number: EJ948255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Fostering Teaching and Learning through an Inquiry-Based Literacy Methods Course
Smith, Antony T.; Place, Nancy A.
New Educator, v7 n4 p305-324 2011
This study describes a teacher certification literacy methods course taught in an elementary school setting and featuring a classroom practicum, integrated with course sessions, that focuses on work with individual children. It examines the influence of an inquiry approach, promoted in this course model, on teacher candidate development. Drawn from the analysis of field notes, teacher candidate written reflections, and formal course projects, the results of this study suggest the inquiry-based practicum encourages teacher candidate understanding of individual children, motivates engagement in the assessment-instruction-reflection cycle and facilitates development of pedagogical content knowledge as an element of effective teaching.
Descriptors: Practicums, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Certification, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Professional Development, Preservice Teachers, Literacy, Reading Instruction, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington