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Monceaux, Matthew C. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have become a popular reform initiative for schools looking to increase student achievement. School district officials can find it difficult to implement and sustain Professional Learning Communities as some teachers are not accustomed to the levels of collaboration with peers involved. If implemented and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, School Districts
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Chizhik, Estella Williams; Chizhik, Alexander Williams; Close, Catherine; Gallego, Margaret – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2017
Student-teaching field placements play an important role in preparing teacher candidates, many of whom rate the practice as the most authentic and relevant learning experience associated with their teacher-education programs. As a part of these field experiences, teacher candidates have opportunities to learn instructional and class management…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Student Teacher Supervisors, Supervision, Performance Based Assessment
O'Brien, Stephanie – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Topic specific pedagogical content knowledge (TSPCK) is the basis by which knowledge of subject matter of a particular topic is conveyed to students. This includes students' prior knowledge, curricular saliency, what makes a topic easy or difficult to teach, representations, and teaching strategies. The goal of this study is to assess the…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Experienced Teachers, Science Teachers, Chemistry
Swanson Hoyle, Kylie Jayne – ProQuest LLC, 2017
After-school programs, such as a STEM Career Club, can promote student interest, engagement, and awareness of STEM majors and fields, as well as encourage teachers to become more knowledgeable and competent in STEM areas. In this dissertation study, two schools were selected from a larger NSF-funded project to participate in this study. Teacher-…
Descriptors: After School Programs, STEM Education, Clubs, Student Interests