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Aspiring "Child Whisperers:" How Student Teachers' Beliefs about Good Teaching Shape the Lessons they Choose to Learn
Journal of Education & Social Policy (2015)
  • Nancy Michele Cardwell
Abstract
This small qualitative study examined the role of student teaching in relation to the participants’ beliefs about good teaching and revealed that the student teaching placement is an important integrative experience where teacher candidates can make newly acquired professional knowledge uniquely their own. The twelve participants’ beliefs about good teaching helped them decide whether to accept or resist their school-based colleagues’ advice.Teacher educators can strengthen the student teaching experience by ensuring teacher candidates are equipped with a deep understanding of children’s development, culture and academic content by providing frequent opportunities for guided reflection and to receive feedback on their practice during student teaching so teacher candidates can integrate their personal beliefs with increasing professional knowledge. 
Keywords
  • teacher education,
  • beliefs and practice,
  • educational equity,
  • student teaching
Publication Date
Fall October, 2015
Citation Information
Nancy Michele Cardwell. "Aspiring "Child Whisperers:" How Student Teachers' Beliefs about Good Teaching Shape the Lessons they Choose to Learn" Journal of Education & Social Policy Vol. 2 Iss. 4 (2015) p. 37 - 50 ISSN: 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nancy_cardwell/2/