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Thomas, Kevin M.; Wheeler, Winn Crenshaw – AILACTE Journal, 2022
This qualitative case study examined a cross-curricular collaboration between two-methods instructors using digital storytelling to engage pre-service teachers in developing writing pedagogies through the curriculum integration and authentic application of the practice of writing and technology. Pre-service teachers learned about writing…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Educational Technology, Writing Instruction, COVID-19
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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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Valtierra, Kristina M. – AILACTE Journal, 2022
This article shares innovative practices from a workshop series called Teach and Thrive Learning Circles (TTLCs) offered to pre-service and recent graduates from the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Colorado College (CC). TTLCs aim to proactively prime pre-service and early career teachers to navigate the pressures that can contribute…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Masters Programs, Teacher Education Programs, Workshops
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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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Shultz, Ronald M. – AILACTE Journal, 2020
This article explores the experiences of seven elementary teacher candidates and their participation in varied field experiences during the last year of their teacher preparation program in response to the question: In what ways does a one-on-one tutoring practicum with an English Learner (EL) and a semester-long student teaching experience in a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Tutoring, Practicums
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Gunpinar, Yasemin; Mackin, R. Kevin – AILACTE Journal, 2020
The purpose of this study was to identify common areas of strength and weakness in teacher preparation programs based on the perceptions of teacher candidates and novice teachers from 14 higher education institutions across three states. The areas investigated included perspectives on teacher preparation related to "Instructional…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Education Programs
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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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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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Gardner, Margery – AILACTE Journal, 2017
Integrated STEM education seeks to build deep connections between science, technology, engineering, and math. Contextualized lessons give students greater access to these content areas and can heighten engagement. Great parallels can be drawn between liberal arts philosophies and integrated STEM education. This paper explores how one teacher team…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Curriculum Development, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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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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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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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