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Ralston, Nicole; Blakely, Rachel – AILACTE Journal, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic flipped the education world on its head, affecting teachers learning how to teach online, as well as students trying to learn in a virtual world. But there is a small group of candidates in higher education who had to balance both worlds: student teachers. This qualitative case study recounts the experiences of seven…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Student Teaching, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Smith, Rebecca; Ralston, Nicole; Waggoner, Jacqueline – AILACTE Journal, 2018
This qualitative case study examines the impact of a workshop on culturally responsive teaching on preservice elementary teacher candidates' ability to conceptualize and apply culturally responsive instruction. The "Rethinking Columbus" workshop teaches students to read critically as text detectives, asking questions such as, "Whose…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Workshops, Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education
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Ralston, Nicole; Waggoner, Jacqueline; Carroll, James B. – AILACTE Journal, 2017
Responses were gathered from master's candidates in initial and advanced licensure teacher preparation programs. They were asked to discuss how completing a capstone research project contributed to their effectiveness as a teacher. Advanced candidates reported themes of improving practice, evaluating new school initiatives, and increasing…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Student Attitudes
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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