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Examining teachers' approaches to teaching in classroom contexts : an exploration of learner-centered classroom designs

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Examining teachers' approaches to teaching in classroom contexts : an exploration of learner-centered classroom designs

Doucette, Mary Ann (2003) Examining teachers' approaches to teaching in classroom contexts : an exploration of learner-centered classroom designs. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine teaching approaches used by teachers in classroom contexts, and to explore how their classroom designs and teaching approaches contributed to learner-centered practices. Using a case study approach, this study involved two elementary classroom teachers who shared their own insights and understandings of learner-centered instruction, and the teaching approaches that they used in their classroom designs. The research design incorporated data collection in classroom contexts over a period of five weeks through: (a) the Approaches to Teaching Inventory questionnaire (Trigwell & Prosser, in press), (b) classroom observations based on the running record instrument developed by Perry (1998), and (c) reflective practice interviews about the teachers' use of teaching activities (Wise, Spiegel & Bruning, 1999), their understandings of learner-centered instruction, and what they considered to be facilitators and barriers to adopting learner-centered practices in classrooms.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Doucette, Mary Ann
Pagination:vii, 123 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Education
Date:2003
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hadwin, Allyson F
ID Code:2192
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:26
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:25
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