Preparing student teachers to address complex learning and controversy with middle grades students

Smith, Ann Marie; Lennon, Sean
June 2011
International Journal of Progressive Education;Jun2011, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p33
Academic Journal
This qualitative study explores pre-service teachers' perceptions of teaching critical literacy through discussions of controversial issues. Personality questionnaires were given to six classes of pre-student teachers over three semesters in order to gauge interest in teaching methods that incorporate inquiry learning and critical literacy. The results of this study suggest that these pre-service teachers were generally unwilling to discussing controversial issues in their classes. Also some teachers did not necessarily believe that students are capable of directing their own learning. The authors of this study make recommendations for preparing teachers to think about critical literacy through discussions of controversial issues.


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