Title: Pre-service teachers' knowledge construction in English lesson plan designs

Authors: Chin-Wen Chien

Addresses: Department of English Instruction, National Hsinchu University of Education, No. 521, Nanda Road, Hsinchu City 300, Taiwan

Abstract: This study uses Malderez's and Bodoczky's (1999) framework to analyse the knowledge construction of 52 Taiwanese education majors who designed an English lesson plan for elementary school aboriginal children, and native Taiwanese students. The intertwined knowledge should include knowledge about the language, content knowledge, and pedagogical content knowledge. Such knowledge can be constructed among pre-service teachers through pre-service teacher education programs, interaction with local elementary schools, and through self-reflections of pre-service teachers' past learning and teaching experience. Three suggestions are provided to effectively help pre-service teachers develop knowledge construction in lesson plan design.

Keywords: teaching competence; iceberg; knowledge construction; lesson plans; pre-service teachers; English lessons; Taiwan; elementary education; elementary schools; aboriginal children; teacher education; teacher training; self-reflection; past experience.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2016.076039

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2016 Vol.7 No.1, pp.24 - 41

Received: 06 Oct 2015
Accepted: 28 Oct 2015

Published online: 22 Apr 2016 *

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