Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Second International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Influencing pre-service teachers’ beliefs and practices: a case for an experimental teaching experience.
Bart Deygers, Sibo Kanobana

Last modified: 06-06-2016


Previous research has indicated that experience is a more effective tool than theory in changing the teaching beliefs of prospective teachers. This qualitative case study includes the perspectives of stakeholders of a teacher training programme in order to determine the influence of its practical components on pre-service teachers' beliefs and practices. The qualitative study corroborates the findings of earlier studies that showed the limited impact of theoretical knowledge, but also shows that even a comparatively limited experiential component can have a substantial influence on pre-service teachers' beliefs and practices. Additionally, the study includes a number of implications for teacher training curricula.

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