18 Learning and Pedagogy in Initial Teacher Preparation

Educational Psychology

  1. Jennifer A. Whitcomb PhD

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop207018

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Whitcomb, J. A. 2012. Learning and Pedagogy in Initial Teacher Preparation. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 7:18.

Author Information

  1. University of Colorado at Boulder, School of Education, Boulder, CO, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


Learning to teach is cognitively and emotionally challenging. The review considers how research illuminates our understanding of what new teachers should know and how they learn to teach, informs key dilemmas of initial teacher preparation, and guides teacher educator's pedagogy and the design of robust initial teacher preparation experiences. It traces the evolution of three frameworks guiding inquiry into learning to teach—behaviorist, constructivist, and situative. It summarizes key findings about the role of beliefs, subject matter knowledge, mentors/colleagues, tools, and settings in designing teacher learning. Integrative models of learning to teach along with promising teacher educator's pedagogical practice are also detailed. The chapter highlights the contributions and promise of research conducted from a situative perspective.


  • teacher learning;
  • situative perspective;
  • teacher education;
  • knowledge base for teaching