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Learning Across Professions: Examining Teacher Practice.


Christopher Fry

Learning Sciences Ph.D. program

Dr. Alison Castro Superfine, Ph.D.

Learning Sciences/MSCS UIC


As noted by several researchers (e.g., Darling-Hammond & Bransford, 2005; Lampert, 2001), teaching is a complex activity during which teachers face a variety of decisions and challenges that influence the course of instruction, and ultimately students’ opportunities to learn. While there is a considerable research base on teaching practice in traditional academic disciplines (e.g., science, literacy, math), this study focuses on teaching practice in Career and Technical Education disciplines, such as automotive technology. The purpose of this study is to understand the nature of the teaching practice of instructors in automotive technology courses at the community college level. By doing so, we can inform the design of professional development programs for technical educators and the curricula of the courses they teach.



SSB, Chicago, Illinois