ERIC Number: EJ1067978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Implementing Academic Choice: A Self-Study in Evolving Pedagogy
Jones, Katrina E.
Studying Teacher Education, v11 n2 p143-163 2015
The goal of this research is to examine how implementing a new pedagogical structure, Academic Choice, informs my understanding of my students as learners and individuals. Using a self-study methodology over the course of eight working sessions in my Kindergarten classroom, I collected multiple forms of qualitative data, including student work samples, focal student observations, structured interviews, and research journal entries containing my own reflections as well as notes on consultations with critical friends. These data were analyzed inductively by connecting observations and patterns from across these sources. Findings indicated that providing a choice in content allowed struggling students to self-differentiate, that one-on-one interactions were essential to understanding a student's choice and work process, and that advanced students needed support to challenge themselves. Furthermore, I found that developmental stage, time allotted for working, and social construction of knowledge were important factors to consider in structuring these working sessions.
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Qualitative Research, Documentation, Observation, Structured Interviews, Young Children, Student Participation, Teaching Methods, Interaction, Disadvantaged Youth, Reflection, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Urban Schools, Learner Controlled Instruction, Journal Writing, Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California