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Executive function during teacher preparation

Corcoran, Roisin P.; O'Flaherty, Joanne


Roisin P. Corcoran

Joanne O'Flaherty


This three-year study examined executive function development during teacher preparation. The sample consisted of 231 students in spring at Time 1, 36 students at Time 2, and 109 students at Time 3. Results indicate a non-significant decrease in the longitudinal mean change of metacognition index (MI) and behavioural regulation index (BRI) over time. MI growth trajectories had a nonlinear trend, while BRI growth trajectories had a linear trend during pre-service teacher preparation. Findings from the current study suggest that no value is added to students' executive functioning during three years of tertiary education. Implications for teacher preparation programs are discussed.


Corcoran, R. P., & O'Flaherty, J. (2017). Executive function during teacher preparation. Teaching and Teacher Education, 63, 168-175.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 28, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 10, 2017
Publication Date Apr 1, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 29, 2018
Journal Teaching and Teacher Education
Print ISSN 0742-051X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 63
Pages 168-175
Keywords Education
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