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The use of a developmental continuum in early childhood clinical experiences: Building preservice teachers' knowledge of cognitive development

The quality of early caregiving and educational environments has a significant effect on children's later cognitive outcomes. Early childhood teachers are an important determining factor in the quality of these environments and therefore they need appropriate professional preparation. The purpose of this study was to describe the ways in which early childhood preservice teachers learn about children's cognitive development and developmentally appropriate pedagogical practices at three select universities. Participants included preservice teachers and faculty members. The researcher collected and analysed data from interviews, documents, and surveys. Participants from this study proposed preservice teachers gained knowledge about children's cognitive development as well as learned how to use this knowledge in their pedagogical practices by participating in clinical experiences that targeted a developmental continuum approach. (author abstract)
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United States

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