investigated the characteristics of instruction and assessment used by
instructors in teacher education courses that foster student competencies as
perceived by students. The sampling method used to collect the sample of
instructors and their courses was purposive, non-probability sampling. Student
participants included those that were currently registered in classes of the
respective instructors. A qualitative analysis of the data collected revealed
that instructors used a variety of competency-based educational practices in
their instructional and assessment tasks and that students perceived themselves
as competent in the areas identified by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (2009) as standards for
student competencies in teacher education courses.
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