Date of Award

Spring 5-2008

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Chair

Dana Thames

Committee Chair Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 2

Marilyn Foxworth

Committee Member 3

Beth Richmond

Committee Member 4

Hollie Filce

Committee Member 5

Kyna Shelley


The purpose of this study was to determine whether the professional dispositions of preservice teachers could be developed through explicit instruction during a teacher education program. The use of the Strategic Modeling Protocol (SMP) consisted often weeks of short segmented intervention prior to the beginning of each class session. The first step of SMP focused on discussions of dispositional related topics. The participants, 45 preservice teachers in their second semester of a teacher education program, also practiced applying the principles outside the classroom, which served as the second step of SMP, and prepared reflections on their experiences as the third and final stage of SMP. Although the strategic modeling did not result in a significant difference for the experimental group, it is important to note that both groups did show a significant difference in their dispositions as evidenced by all three measures used in this study {Perceptional Rating Scale, Professional Performance Student Self-Assessment and Review, and the Preservice Teacher Disposition Survey).