ERIC Number: EJ828433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Learning to Speak with a Professional Voice: Initiating Preservice Teachers into Being a Resource for Parents
Freeman, Nancy K.; Knopf, Herman T.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v28 n2 p141-152 Apr 2007
Beginning teachers of young children often express concern that their professional preparation has not adequately prepared them to work effectively with families. This remains the case in spite of literature documenting the importance of involving parents in their children's early education. This article describes a service learning project designed to give students early in their professional preparation an authentic opportunity be a resource for the families of the children with whom they have worked. Service learning is a particularly appropriate pedagogical approach to enhance students' confidence and competence working with families because it provides authentic and hands-on opportunities to apply course content. This project effectively provided students an opportunity to assume a professional voice when working with families. It enhanced our program's success ensuring that our students take the requisite skills and dispositions to their work with families, while building their confidence and honing their communication skills.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Service Learning, Course Content, Beginning Teachers, Communication Skills, Professional Development, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Parent Participation, Child Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A