Mediated Lesson Study, Collaborative Learning, and Cultural Competence Among Early Childhood Educato - PDF

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Description: Early childhood educators have competing demands that minimize their ability to utilize evidence-based practices and respond to the challenges posed by culturally diverse classrooms. Using a case study method, we studied four female early childhood teachers at a university-affiliated preschool who developed mini-research projects using a mediated form of lesson study. Findings showed that the collegial nature of a mediated form of lesson study resulted in reflective practices and increased professional collaboration among the teachers. However, there was no resultant change in the ways that the teachers used their cultural awareness in their teaching. Results have implications for teacher educators, early childhood education teachers, and preschool directors with regard to teacher efficacy and practitioner inquiry. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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