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Hickey, Theresa – AILACTE Journal, 2018
Democracy--with its complicated problems, multiplicity of positions, and often deeply held convictions--has always been messy. How do we prepare students to participate meaningfully in this type of world, where issues are complex and opinions vary widely? Knowledge about democratic ideals and development of civic dispositions is important, but for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Democracy, Civics
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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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Buchanan, Thomas; Buchanan, Karen – AILACTE Journal, 2017
Preparing teacher candidates for the important work of engaging with family-community is a persistent challenge. Teacher educators should consider repositioning the role that family-community knowledge holds in teacher practice and in the teacher education curriculum. This shift in philosophical, professional, and curricular importance can be an…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Family Role, Community Role, Culturally Relevant Education
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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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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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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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Roose, Deborah – AILACTE Journal, 2013
A majority of the teacher education programs in this country reside in liberal arts institutions. Most pride themselves on the benefits from having small and nurturing programs with strong relationships with students and an emphasis on teaching. There are many types of preparation programs situated within liberal arts institutions and also a wide…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Teacher Education, Educational Benefits, Teacher Education Programs
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Frazier, Laura Corbin; Brown-Hobbs, Stacy; Palmer, Barbara Martin – AILACTE Journal, 2013
This paper traces the development of teacher candidate benchmarks at one liberal arts institution. Begun as a classroom assessment activity over ten years ago, the benchmarks, through collaboration with professional development school partners, now serve as a primary measure of teacher candidates' performance in the final phases of the teacher…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Student Teachers, Performance Based Assessment, Outcome Measures
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Truesdell, Elizabeth; Birch, Rebecca – AILACTE Journal, 2013
This project description examines how a teacher education program integrated new instructional technology through the creation of a Technology Facilitator position in the department. The project proceeded through a three-tiered system of learning "literacy" to establish a knowledge base amongst faculty members, "augmenting"…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Educational Technology, Facilitators (Individuals), Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Kagle, Melissa – AILACTE Journal, 2013
This paper proposes a framework for the development of culturally responsive practices in beginning teachers to meet the needs of diverse students in multicultural classrooms. The framework describes the trajectory beginning teachers undergo toward becoming culturally responsive and discusses how teacher educators in liberal arts colleges can…
Descriptors: Knowledge Base for Teaching, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Awareness, Multicultural Education
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Pu, Chang – AILACTE Journal, 2012
Informed by the narrative inquiry approach (Connelly & Clandinin, 1990), this qualitative study examined preservice teachers' narratives to investigate what they think, know, and believe in teaching English learners. Beyond just telling stories, narrative structures and meanings were examined with the goal of gaining insight of the preservice…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Second Language Learning
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Thomas, Kevin M.; Bush, Sarah B.; Bucalos, Anne – AILACTE Journal, 2012
Defining and assessing dispositions continues to be a conundrum for many teacher education programs, particularly when significant dispositional concerns arise that warrant intervention. This study focuses on the analysis of dispositions intervention data from one institution to identify the trends and patterns that could further inform the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Teacher Education Programs, Student Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Egeland, Paul; Eckert, Jon – AILACTE Journal, 2012
In an era of specialization and standardization, what might the liberal arts offer to preservice teachers as they prepare for their participation in a demanding profession? The authors posit that teacher education programs housed in liberal arts institutions can provide rich mentoring opportunities for teacher candidates. While faculty in teacher…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Mentors
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