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Meister, Denise G. – Online Submission, 2011
With the demand for a demonstration of continuous progress as an accountability gauge in public schools, teachers are compelled to examine assessment data for each of their pupils. This data analysis, in turn, should help teachers gauge their instructional practices and differentiate instruction so that all can reach proficient levels of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Academic Achievement, Behavior Problems
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Meister, Denise G. – Qualitative Report, 2010
The purpose of this research is to describe a qualitative research study of experienced high school educators who have remained motivated and highly engaged in their teaching. Ten high school teachers who have been called "the best" by their administrators and fellow teachers were interviewed to ascertain common traits that can serve as…
Descriptors: High Schools, Qualitative Research, Educational Change, Secondary School Teachers
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Meister, Denise G.; Ahrens, Patricia – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2011
This paper describes and interprets the career experiences of four veteran secondary teachers and their ability to resist plateauing. Three areas of veteran teacher research informed this study: career stages, plateauing, and resiliency. In-depth phenomenological interviews were conducted to investigate and depict the meanings these teachers…
Descriptors: Careers, Veterans, Secondary Education, Resilience (Psychology)
Melnick, Steven A.; Meister, Denise G. – Educational Research Quarterly, 2008
Over the past thirty years, numerous studies confirmed that new teachers do not have the requisite knowledge to understand the complex interrelationships among management, behavior, and academic tasks. An important missing piece in the literature is how the concerns of experienced teachers differ from those cited by beginning teachers. Based on…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Behavior, Time Management, Teacher Attitudes
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Poyrazli, Senel; Ferrer-Wreder, Laura; Meister, Denise G.; Forthun, Larry; Coatsworth, J. Doug; Grahame, Kamini Maraj – Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, 2008
The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to explore associations between academic achievement, employment, gender, and age in relation to students' sense of school membership and perception of adults in school. The sample consisted of 102 secondary, alternative school students. Results indicated that students with a more positive perception…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Employment, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
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Meister, Denise G.; Melnick, Steven A. – Action in Teacher Education, 2003
Surveyed first- and second-year teachers nationwide regarding concerns in four areas: classroom management, time management, communication with parents, and academic preparation. Data on 273 teachers indicated that new teachers needed more direct experience in school settings and continued assistance in discipline, time management, and…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education
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Meister, Denise; Nolan, Jim, Jr. – Teachers College Record, 2001
Examined how high school teachers made meaning of a change process involving teamwork, interdisciplinary teaching, and block scheduling. Document analysis, observation, and interview data indicated that uncertainty and doubt were the pervading themes and had a critical effect on the teaching team's ability to move to interdisciplinary teaching.…
Descriptors: Block Scheduling, Curriculum Development, Interdisciplinary Approach, Secondary Education
Meister, Denise G. – 2000
This paper synthesizes the literature on educational change that analyzes why reform is so difficult for teachers to implement and how schools can alleviate some of the difficulties in order to ensure effectiveness. The first section explains difficulties with educational change and details barriers to change. Barriers include lack of time in the…
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation
Nolan, James, Jr.; Meister, Denise G. – 2000
This book presents the story of school change from the perspective of teachers who were simultaneously the subjects and objects of change. The story focuses on the lived experiences of five secondary school teachers who were engaged in a school restructuring effort intended to reform secondary education at their high school by moving from…
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Restructuring, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers