Assessing pre-service teachers' dispositions: A critical dimension of professional preparation

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Spring 2008

Source: Childhood Education; Spring 2008, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p150-153.

The article discusses the disposition of preservice teachers in early childhood education. The University of Memphis created a checklist called the Early Childhood Education Behaviors & Dispositions Checklist which defines proper and improper behaviors and norms for preservice teacher dispositions.

The authors note that student teachers can be evaluated based on behavior and disposition during their accreditation. The checklist is based on criteria from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and urges teachers to modify lesson plans to fit student needs, treat students fairly, cooperate with faculty and parents and possess enthusiasm for their position.

Updated: Jun. 23, 2008
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