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Dinkins, Elizabeth; Thomas, Kevin – AILACTE Journal, 2016
This qualitative study examined the perspectives and experiences of ten African American students at a predominantly White institution to understand why students persisted or discontinued in the teacher preparation program. Findings indicate three predominant factors influence Black candidates' decision to complete or leave the program: the role…
Descriptors: African American Students, African American Teachers, Whites, Racial Differences
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Case, Anny Fritzen; Traynor, John – AILACTE Journal, 2016
This paper describes several innovations to an early field experience emerging from a community, school, and university partnership focused on a middle school serving diverse students from low-income neighborhoods. With the primary goal of utilizing teaching candidates to provide direct academic, social, and instructional support to the middle…
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Middle School Students
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Bardsley, Mary Ellen; McGrath, Kathleen – AILACTE Journal, 2016
This article describes an alternative venue clinical experience that provides advanced literacy specialist candidates and preservice teacher candidates at a small liberal arts university context for advancing their roles and understanding of effective teaching. The article situates our conceptual and pedagogical understandings of teaching and…
Descriptors: Models, Preservice Teacher Education, Clinical Supervision (of Teachers), Specialists
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Roose, Deborah – AILACTE Journal, 2016
For decades, teacher educators and others have looked critically at the way teachers are initially prepared and during the last ten years the calls for reform in teacher education have become even more frequent. Some programs have responded to those demands and made substantial and long lasting changes. This qualitative study reports on data…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Change, Qualitative Research, Administrator Attitudes
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Ahn, Joonkil; Hinson, Danny W.; Teets, Sharon T. – AILACTE Journal, 2016
AILACTE institutions are often linked to faith-based traditions, and teacher education candidates may attend these institutions as a result of their sense of calling to the profession. However, most graduates of teacher education programs teach in religiously neutral environments. With the high expectations of professional standards for the…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Spiritual Development, Professionalism
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Ralston, Nicole; Weitzel, Bruce; Waggoner, Jacqueline; Naegele, Zulema; Smith, Rebecca – AILACTE Journal, 2016
There has been a recent shift in university-district partnership models from traditional transactional partnerships, which lack a shared purpose, to transformational partnerships that are mutually beneficial to both universities and school districts. These transformational research-practice partnerships have gained popularity in the United States…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, School Districts, Research Needs, College School Cooperation
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Scott, Jill; Scott, Bruce – AILACTE Journal, 2015
The needs of urban schools are the focus of educators. Of primary concern is the lack of qualified teachers who are prepared to meet the needs of learners in U.S. classrooms. One factor of policymakers' concern is the mismatch between the experiences and backgrounds of many teachers versus those of students they will teach. Preservice teachers…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Cultural Differences, Urban Schools, Teacher Education
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Lewis, Andrea; Taylor, Nicole – AILACTE Journal, 2015
It is widely recognized by state and national teacher accrediting agencies that there is the need for preservice teachers to have dynamic experiences in working with diverse student populations (i.e., English Language Learners, varying socioeconomic statuses, exceptionalities, different family structures) in order to appropriately address the…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Single Sex Colleges, Liberal Arts, Socioeconomic Status
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Willis, Dottie – AILACTE Journal, 2015
The author reflects on challenges faced by teacher educators when Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board mandated a new Co-Teaching model for all of the state's student teachers in 2013. This article analyzes the overwhelmingly positive responses of cooperating teachers and the experiences of teacher candidates (student teachers) with…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Team Teaching, Reflection, Program Implementation
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Zhang, Gaoming; Ridgway, Angelia J.; Sachs, Deb – AILACTE Journal, 2015
This article describes four different mechanisms for preparing teacher candidates from a liberal arts institution to teach in project based learning (PBL) classrooms: Observe it, Experience it, Create it, and Become it. For each of the four mechanisms, the authors also provide concrete examples of candidates' PBL experiences and candidates'…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Models, Preservice Teachers
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Antilla-Garza, Julie – AILACTE Journal, 2015
Teacher Education Departments at most liberal arts colleges serve as professional certification programs as much as departments with academic majors. We train our students to work in P-12 education in an era of inclusion and require them to support their students with disabilities in preparation for college and career. The federal government…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teachers, Social Justice
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McGrath, Kathleen; Erwin, Rob – AILACTE Journal, 2015
One of the greatest challenges in literacy education is the ability to provide a practical environment for candidates to apply their knowledge, while still working with their peers and under close faculty supervision. One of the greatest needs of resource-stretched schools is the ability to provide students with additional help in literacy…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Literacy, Literacy Education, Reading
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Lederhouse, Jillian N. – AILACTE Journal, 2014
To satisfy the ongoing demands of external communities, education faculty at liberal arts colleges often make curricular and instructional compromises within their programs which can adversely affect the developmental goals of liberal education. This article highlights several of the complex tensions faculty members face in offering their…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Liberal Arts, Models, Role of Education
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Kalnin, Julie Shalhope – AILACTE Journal, 2014
The practice of assessing and grading students on their ability to demonstrate proficiency related to a standard has grown significantly in K-12 settings over the past decade. This article invites teacher educators to consider how to respond to this trend by examining an approach for preparing teacher candidates to participate effectively in…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Grading, Teacher Education Programs, Performance Based Assessment
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Kinne, Lenore J.; Hasenbank, Jon F.; Coffey, David – AILACTE Journal, 2014
Classroom assessment, especially formative assessment, is one of the most challenging areas for new teachers, so it is imperative that teacher educators model effective classroom assessment practices. This article describes the use of rubrics in formative assessment, to support candidates in their progress toward mastery of course outcomes and to…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Formative Evaluation, Learning Processes, Teacher Education
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