Faculty Publications

Title

Preservice teachers' prior beliefs: Transforming obstacles into opportunities

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Teaching and Teacher Education

Volume

14

Issue

2

First Page

175

Last Page

191

Abstract

Prospective teachers have well-developed beliefs about learning and teaching that can form obstacles to instruction. We identify a set of beliefs held by preservice teachers and describe how we took these beliefs into account when teaching a course in educational psychology. We asked preservice teachers to define learning and teaching before and after taking the course, and to describe how their beliefs had changed as a result of taking it. This study suggests that targeting preservice teachers' prior beliefs in instruction has a significant impact on their beliefs about learning and teaching. © 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1998

DOI of published version

10.1016/S0742-051X(97)00035-8

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