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Heiney-Smith, Jill – AILACTE Journal, 2022
This article presents findings from a sequential mixed methods study that examines how graduate teacher education students describe the experiences that either enhance or interrupt a sense of belonging before and during the university preparation program. The paper focuses primarily on analysis from two focus groups and demonstrates particular…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Graduate Students, Teacher Education, Student Experience
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Baliram, Nalline; Koetje, Kirsten; Huff, Emily – AILACTE Journal, 2021
During the COVID-19 emergency pivot to virtual learning environments, the researchers sought to understand mentors' and teacher candidates' experiences in K-12 schools so that they could offer improved training and support. We surveyed 60 mentor teachers' and 92 teacher candidates' perceptions of preparedness for a virtual learning environment…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Preservice Teachers, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Rupenthal, Michelle; Furuness, Shelly – AILACTE Journal, 2020
This paper explores how a teacher preparation program in a liberal arts institution built upon the foundations of dialogic, relational pedagogy utilizes strong alumni connections to improve teacher education curriculum and support preservice, inservice, and teacher educators as they work to teach against the grain. Best visualized as an infinity…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Mentors, Socialization, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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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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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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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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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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Morgan, Peter W. – AILACTE Journal, 2008
This study examines the preparation of preservice elementary teaching candidates in science content and methods courses and the relationship of their coursework to future teaching. One-hundred-five undergraduate elementary education majors participated in the study. Data was gathered through the completion of a background questionnaire and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education