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Raygoza, Mary Candace; Norris, Aaminah; León, Raina – AILACTE Journal, 2021
This counternarrative is an homage to the work of abolition in teacher education and a call to humanizing liberatory praxis as collective healing from racism and anti-Black hate. We, three critical teacher educators, interrogate our positionalities and the experiences within and beyond schooling that have shaped us. We recognize that our…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Multicultural Education, Teacher Education Programs, Humanization
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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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Peacock, Amber R. – AILACTE Journal, 2020
A theoretical framework is introduced that articulates the complex nature of what liberal arts teacher educators do, what teacher candidates learn, and the enduring tension inherent in that work. The researcher surveyed liberal arts teacher educators (n = 64) regarding beliefs about seven enduring tensions in education-content…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Preservice Teacher Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Theory Practice Relationship
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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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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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Strater, Kate E.; Elfers, Erin M. – AILACTE Journal, 2019
Obstacles encountered by young adults with intellectual disability (ID) during the transition from high school to post-school employment have great potential to limit an individual's opportunity and/or capacity for self-determination with regard to employment. This qualitative study examines the challenges to self-determination experienced by a…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Intellectual Disability, Self Determination, Internship 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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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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Crosby, Kimberly D. – AILACTE Journal, 2018
Educating 21st century students to participate in reasoned, civil discourse is a moral imperative. A strong democracy depends upon the ability of its citizens to hear and consider opposing views, to view others as partners rather than adversaries, to cooperate and compromise when addressing important issues, to collaborate in order to accomplish…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Classroom Communication, Democracy, Prosocial Behavior
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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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