The coverage of distributed practice and retrieval practice in Flemish and Dutch teacher education textbooks
Tim Surma, Open University of the Netherlands ; Kristel Vanhoyweghen, Het Perspectief PCVO Teacher Training Institute, Belgium ; Gino Camp, Paul A. Kirschner, Open University of the Netherlands
TATE Volume 74, Number 1, ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
To determine if and how teachers are being educated about effective learning strategies we analysed the topical coverage of two highly effective strategies, distributed practice and retrieval practice, in introductory teacher education textbooks and syllabi. We examined 61 textbooks used in Flemish and Dutch teacher education programmes (TEPs) by inventorying descriptive and prescriptive information on these strategies therein. Also, we analysed whether the coverage referred to actual research. The results indicated that mostly textbooks fail to fully represent the strategies. Accurate textbooks are used in a minority of TEPs. Implications and challenges for authors, TEPs and policy-makers are discussed.
Surma, T., Vanhoyweghen, K., Camp, G. & Kirschner, P.A. (2018). The coverage of distributed practice and retrieval practice in Flemish and Dutch teacher education textbooks. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 74(1), 229-237. Elsevier Ltd.