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A four-year longitudinal study of the development of student teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and skills in teaching
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Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 13-17 April 2012
This study followed a cohort of student teachers from the beginning of their
teacher education program to the end of the third year of teaching, looking at their perceived changes in pedagogical knowledge and skills in teaching in Singapore. The PKST survey comprising 37 items with six factors were used to collect data. In the cohort of over 1300 student teachers, 353 participated in all five survey data collections. The results showed that the participants’ overall pedagogical knowledge and skills in teaching increased significantly. The largest increases were found in knowledge in lesson planning and skills in classroom management. The skills in showing care and concern did not show significant increases until the end of third year of teaching.
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