Title

An Examination of the Influences of a Teacher Preparation Program on Beginning Teachers' Reading Instruction

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Literacy Research and Instruction

Volume

52

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Publication Date

4-2013

First Page

87

Last Page

105

DOI

10.1080/19388071.2012.754520

Abstract

In this study, we tracked elementary preservice teachers' (N = 41) perceived ability to teach reading as they moved through their teacher preparation program. After graduation, we conducted follow-up teaching observations and interviews with five of these novice teachers to explore their perceptions about their ability to teach reading. An analysis of these data revealed four distinct themes: (1) alignment of reading instruction practices with preparation program, (2) the influence of teacher education, (3) the need for more training on meeting the needs of individual students, and (4) the possibility of connecting with teacher educators once graduates obtain full-time employment. Suggestions are made to help teachers feel more competent and capable in teaching children to read and as they make the transition from preservice to full-time teaching.