This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol. 26, Issue 3, Author(s): Karee E. Dunn and Glenda C. Rakes, “Producing Caring Qualified Teachers: An Exploration of the Influence of Pre-service Teacher Concerns on Learner-Centeredness“, Pages 516-521, Copyright Elsevier (April 2010).
In a time where students in the United States academic performance continues to lag behind in the international rankings, a disconcerting phenomenon in concerns literature indicates that pre-service and in-service teachers report low levels of concerns regarding the effect implementation of educational innovations have on students.
The current study investigated the relationship of pre-service teachers' learner-centeredness and their concerns related to how learner-centered education affects students.
Results indicated that as learner-centeredness increased, so did concerns about student outcomes.
Implications for teacher education programs in the US and abroad will be discussed.