Transitioning From Theory into Practice with Toolkits: An Illustration of a Pre-service Teacher’s Artifacts

By Christina De Simone and Laura Bains.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The purpose of this paper is to describe conceptually a pedagogical approach referred to as “toolkit”. Toolkits are developed around a teacher candidate’s goal to address a particular problem in pedagogy and are formulated after the teacher candidate has selected, compiled, and reflected upon various pedagogical tools reflecting their own culture, beliefs, and demands. In this paper, we will highlight the second author’s toolkit and how she used it to transition between theory and practice. We conclude with the idea that toolkits can serve as a window into teacher training.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Pre-service Teaching, Teacher Development

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.87-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 745.349KB).

Dr. Christina De Simone

Dr./Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education, Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Christina De Simone, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education; Laura Bains, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada. We wish to thank Dr. Robert Major for awarding the first author with a grant entitled the Development of Initiatives on the Quality of Learning and the Student Experience Fund. We are deeply indebted to Sara Alves, doctoral candidate McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada for her thorough editorial work on this article.

Laura Bains

Smiths Falls, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada

Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.


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