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Teacher Preparation Program Redesign: A Problem-Based Learning Approach to Teacher Training

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This study reports on Year Two of the Residency One semester of Ready2Teach, the state-wide redesign of Tennessee’s teacher education program. Problem-based learning scenarios, combined with field work situated in the public schools, cover both content and context and are meant to positively impact teacher candidates’ sense of self-efficacy as well as their actual efficacy as measured by scores on the edTPA. A mixed method research design includes teacher candidates’ scores on the edTPA, their reflections regarding their sense of preparedness as reported by the TSES, a self-efficacy scale, interviews, and journals. Implications for teaching, learning, and teacher preparation are reported as results of the problem-based learning curriculum.