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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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Spencer, Tamara; Fitzgerald, Monica – AILACTE Journal, 2021
This paper offers a case study of how Saint Mary's College of California developed an undergraduate teacher education pathway that focuses on equity and social justice. Responding to the needs of students and families in California, Saint Mary's sought to cultivate an anti-racist pedagogy and cultural humility for future teachers. To do so…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Community Involvement, Leadership, Undergraduate 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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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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McGrath, Kathleen; Erwin, Rob – AILACTE Journal, 2015
One of the greatest challenges in literacy education is the ability to provide a practical environment for candidates to apply their knowledge, while still working with their peers and under close faculty supervision. One of the greatest needs of resource-stretched schools is the ability to provide students with additional help in literacy…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Literacy, Literacy Education, Reading
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Richardson, Belinda Conrad; Dinkins, Elizabeth G. – AILACTE Journal, 2014
Twenty-first century classrooms are filled with increasingly diverse student populations. Effective teacher preparation programs must include explicit course work in culturally responsive pedagogies and field experiences that place educators in new sociocultural contexts. Field experiences in cross-cultural, place-based settings have the potential…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Critical Thinking, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
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Kinne, Lenore J.; Hasenbank, Jon F.; Coffey, David – AILACTE Journal, 2014
Classroom assessment, especially formative assessment, is one of the most challenging areas for new teachers, so it is imperative that teacher educators model effective classroom assessment practices. This article describes the use of rubrics in formative assessment, to support candidates in their progress toward mastery of course outcomes and to…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Formative Evaluation, Learning Processes, Teacher Education
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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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Ciminelli, Michelle R. – AILACTE Journal, 2011
The author describes an interactive intervention strategy to assist pre-service teachers in developing reflective practices in an undergraduate literacy course. The goal of the study was to encourage deeper analysis rather than purely descriptive summaries of field placements in teacher candidates' written reflections, so pre-service teachers may…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reflective Teaching, Preservice Teachers, Undergraduate Study
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Blackwell, Susan; Smiley, Azure Dee – AILACTE Journal, 2010
Religious, moral and/or ethical beliefs often drive the mission of independent colleges, and independent colleges educate students from racial and ethnic minorities almost the same as at four-year state institutions. The proportion of low- and middle-income students at private colleges and universities is almost the same as at four-year state…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Private Colleges, Teacher Educators, Equal Education
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Keller, Deborah Biss; Osgood, Robert L. – AILACTE Journal, 2010
This paper examines the potential for and challenges of using a critical approach to service-learning, based on Freire's notions of praxis and dialogue, as part of an introductory education course. Although any service-learning project runs the risk of falling prey to the more traditional approach, which involves a pedagogy designed to enhance…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Education Courses, Homeless People, Disadvantaged Youth
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Leer, Elizabeth Berg – AILACTE Journal, 2009
Although teachers may strive to create inclusive, multi-cultural classrooms, they may lack the requisite knowledge and skills to successfully accomplish the task. Drawing on case study research that illuminates challenges encountered by White teachers of multicultural literature, I propose a comprehensive diversity component for teacher education.…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Multicultural Education, Teacher Education Programs, Literature
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Faith, Ellen S. – AILACTE Journal, 2009
Smaller institutions of higher education, such as those that comprise the AILACTE membership, prepare teacher and school leadership candidates to create vibrant learning communities in P-12 classrooms and schools, accomplished in part through well-structured and carefully mentored induction experiences. To optimize candidate and unit outcomes, new…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Teacher Educators, Professional Education, Teacher Education
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Wasserman, Kathleen – AILACTE Journal, 2004
This research project examined how student and practicing teachers interacted and learned reading methodologies during an intensive literacy institute. When developing this learning opportunity, careful consideration was given to best practices and calls for reform in teacher education. The curriculum focused on fostering extensive knowledge…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Educational Change, Teacher Education