Free MTEL Early Childhood Education Practice Test Questions
1. A missing object problem like the one below is one way of helping students learn what concept?
Truck car bike train truck car bike ________ truck car bike train
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B. Problem solving
C. Manipulation of objects
D. Basic addition
2. What is the educational purpose of having students measure the length of an object, such as their desk or table, with non-standard measuring units smaller than the object, such as crayons?
A. Measuring with small units is easier for young children
B. Children cannot read the markings on a standard ruler or yard stick
C. Students learn to measure something larger than a unit with repetitive use of that unit
D. Students will later be able to transfer measurements from meters to yards
3. What learning strategies are the most useful for real world situations?
B. Learning to learn
4. With regard to testing and assessment, what type of test compares students against a set of pre-determined standards or objectives?
A. Norm-referenced tests
B. Criterion-referenced tests
C. Subject assessment tests
D. Performance-based tests
5. In collaborative learning, the personal and intrinsic value of the learning environment is referred to as?
C. Shared cognitive load
D. Social grounding
Answers & Explanation
1. B: Problem solving. Because an item is missing in the middle of the pattern, the process asked for cannot be counting or addition. Solving this puzzle does not involve manipulation of objects.
2. C: Students learn to measure something larger than a unit by repetitive use of that unit.
3. B: Learning to learn is one of the most valuable skills or learning strategies for the real world environment. Memorization and repetition are useful only for set facts such as the alphabet or multiplication tables. When teachers lecture, students are often taught facts but are not taught how to incorporate the facts into real life situations. Using the strategy of learning to learn teaches students how to problem solve and think critically. Additionally, when this method is combined with group learning, students learn how to interact with others in a team environment, which enhances leadership skills.
4. C: Criterion-reference tests are tests in which all students can achieve a score of 100%, assuming that they know all of the material on the test. These tests measure only the students' knowledge of the material taught in the class. Often these tests will be "teacher made." Any subject test that is related directly to the material taught is considered a criterion-reference test. Also, when taking a test of this type, students are not competing for the highest score, as all students have equal opportunity to achieve the highest score.
5. A: Internalization is a concept from socio-cultural theory that stems from the use of language that shapes an individual's social and cultural ideologies. In a collaborative setting, internalization occurs as students learn from one another and as their personal experiences and thoughts are either confirmed or enhanced. However, collaborative learning theory suggests that internalization may occur if one of the partners in the collaborative learning groups is a passive learner. That is, if one participant does not significantly add to the learning environment, less is gained for the other participant.
by Enoch Morrison
Last Updated: 12/14/2017
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