College of Health

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transformative education, teacher education, alternative teaching/learning strategies


Acquiring a repertoire of competencies for creating and maintaining successful parent partnerships is an exceedingly important yet difficult task for pre-service educators. This mixed-methods study compared non-traditional and traditional approaches to transforming undergraduate student dispositions and competencies toward parent/professional partnerships. Results suggest that embedding parents of children with disabilities in the classroom, together with the use of activities that promote regular discourse, reflection, relationship building with professionally-relevant partners, transformed student dispositions toward parent/professional partnerships and increased student competence. Implications for teacher education programs are discussed.

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Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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Curran, E. & Murray, M.M. (2008). Transformative learning in teacher education: Building competencies and changing dispositions. Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 8(3), 103-118.