Search results for: Preschool teachers
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Professional Development That Works: Shifting Preschool Teachers' Beliefs and Use of Instructional Strategies to Promote Children's Peer Social Competence
The author examined the effectiveness of a professional development (PD) experience on preschool teachers' instructional strategy development. The preschool teachers were guided to design the specific contents of the PD workshops and were offered an on-site facilitation opportunity, delineating teacher-driven and job-embedded approaches, respectively. Findings suggest that teacher-driven PD workshops significantly increased teachers' perceived feasibility of implementing instructional strategies, and their actual use of those strategies was significantly influenced by job-embedded facilitations.
Updated: May. 28, 2013
Is Music an Active Developmental Tool or Simply a Supplement? Early Childhood Preservice Teachers' Beliefs About Music
The current study examines early childhood preservice teachers' beliefs about the importance of music in early childhood. The paper also explores factors that influencing those beliefs. The findings reveal that preservice teachers in this study held relatively strong beliefs about the importance of music, including aesthetic, quality-of-life, and social-emotional benefits. Preservice teachers' beliefs were associated with whether they viewed music as an active tool for development and learning, or as merely an enrichment.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
This paper describes the findings from two focus groups conducted with preschool and elementary preservice teachers during which participants examined their attitudes towards writing that have developed over time and their plans for future writing instruction.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
Impact of Curriculum Training on State-Funded Prekindergarten Teachers' Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices
This study examines the impact of an 8-week curriculum course on state-funded prekindergarten teachers' knowledge about developmentally appropriate curriculum, their beliefs about best practice, and their actual observed classroom instructional performance. Nine teachers attended the course and were evaluated before and after the training. A control group of 8 teachers was also assessed during the same time frame. The impact of this focused professional-development initiative was not mediated by the participating teachers' level of education.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
Set in the context of a teacher education program, this study examined how three White pre-service teachers participate in book club discussions of children’s literature. The analysis illustrates that the participants held two questions, what constitutes racism and what makes a person a White ally, without firm resolution in the form and function of their talk. Their discourses illustrate that racial literacy involves what teachers say and also a willingness to stand in the space of indeterminacy, which may create space for new social positions.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2012
The current paper presents the results of an evaluation of the continuing training received by teachers in the preschool educational sector in Spain. The authors examine factors such as culture and motivation, and look into the initiatives taken with respect to training. The authors evaluate the results of training, focussing on satisfaction, learning, pedagogical suitability and the transfer of training.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2012
The current study examined how teacher characteristics and classroom characteristics predicted teacher self-efficacy for 48 preschool teachers in the U.S. Results showed a significant interaction effect between teachers’ perceptions of collaboration and children’s engagement in predicting teachers’ reported self-efficacy.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2012
This article explores the growth and development of two kindergarten teachers after their school participated in a PDS in Hong Kong.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2012
Confirming Chanclas: What Early Childhood Teacher Educators Can Learn From Immigrant Preschool Teachers
Interviews conducted study with dozens of preschool teachers in multiple U.S. cities, as part of Children Crossing Borders study, revealed a specific immigrant teacher critique of typical English language modeling techniques. These immigrant teachers reposition children's home languages as a valuable form of expression and thus argue for a more empathetic and constructivist view of children of immigrants. Hence, the author argues that early childhood educators need to talk honestly with students about the implications of their responses to children of immigrants in the classroom.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2012
In this study, the authors empirically tested a theoretical model based on the one suggested by Lamon, who claimed that the development of proportional reasoning relies on various kinds of understanding and thinking processes. The authors also used an extended model which included an additional component of solving missing value proportional problems. To a great extent, the data provided support for the extended model.
Updated: Apr. 16, 2012