The Effects of a Teaching Methods Course on Early Childhood Preservice Teachers' Beliefs

Jul. 15, 2008

Source: Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Volume 29, Issue 3 July 2008 , pages 190 - 203

This study examines the effectiveness of an educational methods course for changing early childhood preservice teachers' instructional beliefs. The teaching methods course emphasized constructivist teaching principles. Seventy-eight of the early childhood education preservice teachers who were enrolled in this course filled out the Teacher Belief Survey at the beginning and end of the 15-week course.

The results of both quantitative and qualitative data analysis indicated that participation in the teaching methods course had significantly changed preservice teachers' beliefs. As a result of the course, preservice teachers' constructivist beliefs increased, and these beliefs became more concrete and coherent. Results are discussed in relation to the literature, and the implications of examining early childhood education programs are explored.

Updated: Sep. 04, 2008