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Hansen, Alexandria Killian – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Science education is changing. With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS], K-12 teachers are expected to engage students in the practices of scientists and engineers to make sense of disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts (NGSS Lead States, 2013). Simultaneously, there is a push to expose students to Science,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Instructional Design, Shared Resources and Services
Claiborne, Shandra – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The professional preparation of teachers is essential because of their critical role in developing students' learning. Preparing quality teachers is a complex process, as they matriculate through the programs that prepare them for the classroom. The problem addressed by this study is teachers' lack of effective strategies and skills in…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Program Effectiveness, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
Casciola, Vanessa – ProQuest LLC, 2016
As demographics change, our school populations are ever changing. Preservice teachers (PSTs) need to be aware of how to meet the needs of all of their future students. Teacher education programs have been charged with the duty of preparing these PSTs for the diverse school population they will encounter. This qualitative multiple case study…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Communities of Practice, Critical Literacy, Case Studies
Benavides, Aerin Benavides – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This descriptive case study examined the meanings public elementary school teachers (N = 13) made of learning to enact citizen science projects in their schoolyards in partnership with a local Arboretum. Utilizing Engestrom's (2001) framework of cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT), the Arboretum's outreach program for area Title 1 schools…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Outdoor Education, Elementary School Students, Science Education
Piper, Rebekah Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2015
In the United States education system a large achievement gap between African American and Latino students compared to White American students exists. Various studies have documented the gap, but there has not been much success in closing it. Recognizing that the educational system is growing more, not less, diverse, including due to the rise in…
Descriptors: African American Students, Elementary School Students, Case Studies, Multicultural Education
Harney, Kristin – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The primary purpose of this short-term study was to examine pre-service classroom teachers' intentions to integrate music in their future classrooms. Using the theory of planned behavior (Fishbein & Ajzen, 2010) as a framework, and embedded, multiple-case study design, I developed case studies of six pre-service classroom teachers enrolled in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Music, Music Education
Poulin, Michael T. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Social networking tools have become an integral part of a pre-service teacher's educational experience. As a result, the educational value of social networking tools in teacher preparation programs must be examined. The specific problem addressed in this study is that the role of social networking tools in teacher education learning communities…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Case Studies, Role, Qualitative Research
Gorham, Jennifer Jones – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This qualitative study examines the enactment of culturally responsive teaching practices (Gay, 2010) within two African American elementary teachers' classrooms. Teacher interviews, classroom observations, and classroom documents were collected and analyzed to examine the supports and barriers these teachers encountered as they attempted to…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Practices, Elementary School Teachers, Qualitative Research
Hon, Linda S. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
My exploratory case study examined the use of a learning platform to facilitate constructivist teaching strategies by pre-service teachers during their student teaching and field experiences in elementary science classes. Constructivist teaching strategies include inquiry lessons and active learning techniques. Dialogue, interviews and online…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Methods, Student Teachers
Payne, Katherina A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This multicase study employs sociocultural theories to analyze the learning to teach process and identity development of six novice elementary school teachers, who were immersed in a semester-long democratic field placement. Broadly, this study explored the field experience as part of democratic teacher education, and how the field experience can…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Professional Identity, Elementary School Teachers, Student Teaching
Allen, Kristine M. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this research was to better understand affordances and constraints of the Candidate Mentor Supervisor Model (CMSM) as experienced by teacher candidates and their mentor supervisors. The results indicated perceived benefits to teacher candidates. Candidates participating in the CMSM reported a sense of nested support within their…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Student Teacher Supervisors, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Models
Johnson, Cathy M. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This dissertation research examines a teacher educator's instructional practices and preservice teachers' learning in two elementary social studies methods courses. As self-study, it focuses on learning to teach preservice teachers how to select and use visual images to teacher history and social studies. The research uses the Grossman Framework…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education
Crenshaw, Christina Y. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
How faculty at Christian universities encourage teacher candidates to draw on a Christian worldview ultimately influences the ways teacher candidates become effective agents of change in K-12 schools. This study examined the assumption that K-12 Christian teachers cannot remain religiously neutral since one's worldview shapes all aspects of life,…
Descriptors: Christianity, World Views, Teacher Education, Case Studies
Pickering, Sharon Durham – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the perceptions of partner teachers and graduate fellows in 1 school regarding the barriers and successes made during their participation in a National Science Foundation Grant. This study included 9 partner teachers and 7 graduate fellows who participated in the Science First! NSF GK-12…
Descriptors: Grants, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Graduate Students
Barrett-Greenly, Tommi C. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
It is well known that technology holds an important place in the classroom, and that students must be prepared for working and functioning in a society abundant with swift and constant advances in technology (Mitchem, Wells & Wells, 2003). Thus, in order to ready the learners, teachers themselves must be equipped with the necessary tools and…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Educational Practices, Teacher Attitudes, Handheld Devices
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