Title

Documenting Preservice Teachers' Work: A Tool for Influencing Reflections about Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2007

Publication Source

Teacher Education and Practice

Volume

20

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

376-394

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield

Place of Publication

Lanham, MD

ISBN/ISSN

0890-6459

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This investigation examined how documenting preservice teachers' work during engaging, authentic classroom experiences influenced their understanding of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP). A pragmatic action research design was used to systematically plan, document, and reflect on learning experiences to evaluate the impact of such instructional strategies on students' learning. Preservice teachers' responses reflected key components of DAP, including focusing on learning for themselves and children and creating a caring community. Conclusions include the following: First, when time and space are created for reflective practice through panel documentations, students link course experiences with important aspects of DAP. Second, if we as university instructors want students to engage in reflective practice and adopt DAP, we need to be willing to change the way that we teach.

Keywords

Educational Strategies, Preservice Teachers, Action Research, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Reflective Teaching, Reflection, Preservice Teacher Education, Evidence, Instructional Effectiveness, Early Childhood Education, Education Courses, Curriculum, Visual Aids, Instructional Materials, Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education

Disciplines

Education

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