“This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 25 number 6, Author: Paul T. Parkison, "Field-Based Preservice Teacher Research: Facilitating Reflective Professional Practice", Pages 798-804, Copyright Elsevier
Preservice teachers enrolled in a middle level endorsement block provided evidence of their professional, affective, and collaborative dispositions as they reflected upon their conception of early adolescents, appropriate instruction practice, and the empowerment of teachers and students. Research indicates that empowering future teachers as reflective professionals requires teacher education programmes to structure learning experiences that model reflective practice and facilitate the development of engaged learning communities.
Through case study research this group of preservice teachers was able to gain
a contextual understanding of early adolescents that not only impacted their perception and understanding of the target age group but also allowed them to negotiate their preconceptions, the theoretical understanding presented in their course work, and the authentic observations in the middle school classroom.