Pre-service early childhood teachers' effectiveness in facilitating children's learning of concepts in multiple contexts: Self efficacy and teacher preparedness

Year: 2004

Author: Geoghegan, Deborah, Geoghegan, Noel

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) focuses on pedagogy that emphasizes children's ability to recognize concepts in multiple contexts. While pre-service teachers at USQ are assessed in many ways to determine their ability to create and facilitate high quality learning appropriate to syllabus requirements and children's needs, a detailed assessment of pre-service teacher's success in implementing learning experiences that facilitate children's capacity to recognize concepts in multiple contexts does not typically occur. There is very little research that addresses the extent to which pre-service teachers understand this pedagogical paradigm or implement it in a critical way. Without research-based evidence providers of pre-service teaching programs are unable to make strategic decisions in terms of course improvements, course content and structure of professional experience tasks. The research reported in this paper will provide information crucial to improving undergraduate early childhood pre-service teaching programs and graduate effectiveness. Pre-service teacher's feelings of preparedness, confidence to achieve teaching goals, related student motivation and the impact of self efficacy on praxis will be developed in this paper.