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Walcott, John R. – AILACTE Journal, 2019
The current narrative surrounding urban education, while incomplete, often focuses on concerns related to student achievement, failing schools, and teacher quality. This article targets teacher preparation as one response to these challenges and investigates the extent to which liberal arts colleges and universities are involved in this work. The…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Urban Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Liberal Arts
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Davis, Kathryn; Walsh, Pamela D.; Armstrong, Abbigail; Glover, Crystal; Ming, Kavin – AILACTE Journal, 2019
The edTPA Teacher Performance Assessment was recently implemented at a regional public university to replace the previous paper-and-pencil evaluation of candidates' teaching effectiveness. To determine the teacher educators' professional beliefs toward using the edTPA as an assessment of readiness to teach, semi-structured interviews were…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Preservice Teachers, Performance Based Assessment, Teacher Educators
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Bechard, Amber – AILACTE Journal, 2019
The increasing population of students defined as "twice-exceptional" (2e) exhibits identified or unidentified intellectual or creative gifts in one or more areas, and also faces significant learning challenges and may have autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, or other characteristics that make them eligible for special…
Descriptors: Gifted Disabled, Preservice Teacher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Thomas, Kevin M.; Dinkins, Elizabeth; Hazelwood, Imari – AILACTE Journal, 2018
This qualitative study examined the perspectives and experiences of ten Black students at a predominantly White institution in order to understand if they were recipients of microaggressions, what impact microaggressions had on them, and how they coped with the microaggressions. Findings indicate that all but one of the participants experienced…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, African American Students
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Byrners, Ronald S.; Hillis, Michael R. – AILACTE Journal, 2018
In this paper, we discuss how we attempt to build classroom environments that are conducive to positive civil discourse. Utilizing the framework of cultural proficiency (Lindsey, Robins, and Terrell, 2009), we argue for an inside-out approach through self-exploration to help deconstruct worldviews we develop through the years. In coupling this…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Discussion, Cultural Awareness, Liberal Arts
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Huff, Emily – AILACTE Journal, 2018
This point of view paper explores the power of words to build respect and understanding around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. As instructors in our courses who work to build self-awareness and unpack systems of power and privilege for ourselves and for our students, there are many lessons we can learn to make teaching and learning more…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Equal Education, Inclusion, Language Usage
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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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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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Adams, Susan R.; Brooks, Katie; Kandel-Cisco, Brooke – AILACTE Journal, 2017
Too often teacher professional development (PD) is focused on mainstream K-12 learners, even as US schools become more culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD). This theoretical paper provides guidance for centering professional development on the margins. The three conclusions are distilled from robust experiences with middle and high school…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Student Diversity, Cultural Differences
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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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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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