Literacy at the secondary level : pre-service teachers' perceptions of characteristics and effective practices of exceptional educators / by Natalie Watkins.
Date2007, c 20
Watkins, Natalie Bianca
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"This study ... uses a mixed methods (concurrent nested strategy) approach to data collection through the use of a survey instrument to address the research question: "What are intermediate/senior teacher-candidates' current views and perceptions of what qualities, characteristics, and strategies combine to make an exceptional educator of adolescent literacy?" A survey was completed by 110 participants from a Education of a mid-sized university in Northern Ontario. Four major themes emerged from the data of this study. These themes were the teacher-candidates' dissatisfaction with the Faculty's mode of instruction/presentation of literacy information; their uncertainty with the Ontario Ministry of Education's expectations through curriculum documents; their feelings of uncertainty with what resources were available to them with regards to literacy education; and the wide range of overall comprehensionof literacy issues between their education at the Faculty and their practical teacher placement.