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Surma, T., Vanhoyweghen, K., Camp, G., Kirschner, P. (2018) The coverage of distributed practice and retrieval practice in Flemish and Dutch teacher education textbooks. Teaching and Teacher Education, 74, 229-237. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2018.05.007

The coverage of distributed practice and retrieval practice in Flemish and Dutch teacher education textbooks

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Author: Surma, Tim1; Vanhoyweghen, Kristel2; Camp, Gino1;
Organizations: 1Open University of the Netherlands, Valkenburgerweg 177, 6419, AT, Heerlen, the Netherlands
2Het Perspectief PCVO Teacher Training Institute, Nonnemeersstraat 15, 9000, Ghent, Belgium
3University of Oulu, P.O. BOX 8000, FI-90014, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-06-25


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.

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Series: Teaching and teacher education. An international journal of research and studies
ISSN: 0742-051X
ISSN-E: 1879-2480
ISSN-L: 0742-051X
Volume: 74
Pages: 229 - 237
DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2018.05.007
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (