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Barker, Lisa M. – Action in Teacher Education, 2019
Facilitating classroom discussion requires preparation and improvisation. How might learning improvisational theatre affect teachers' verbal moves while facilitating discussion? This article explores this question through a single-subject case study of a high school history teacher who took a 10-week improv course. Data sources include…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Theater Arts, Case Studies, Secondary School Teachers
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Mullen, Carol A. – Action in Teacher Education, 2018
This case study focuses on creativity and collaboration in preparing Chinese preservice teachers. The research question was "Can aspiring Chinese teachers discover creativity where encouraged and under conducive conditions?" The purpose was to find out whether, with explicit instructions to be creative, candidates could demonstrate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Creativity, Models
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Phillippo, Kate; Brown, Elizabeth Levine; Blosser, Allison – Action in Teacher Education, 2018
Although research on student--teacher relationships (STRs) consistently demonstrates STRs' association with student achievement and well-being, teachers typically receive limited guidance regarding how to cultivate these relationships. Efforts to promote teacher dispositions toward STRs and learning of relational practices--practices that ground…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Teacher Student Relationship, Preservice Teachers, Academic Achievement
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Hoffman, James V.; Mosley Wetzel, Melissa; DeJulio, Samuel – Action in Teacher Education, 2018
The current qualitative study addresses the growing concern in preservice teacher (PT) education that simply increasing the amount of field experiences in teacher preparation programs may just reinforce the status quo in teaching. The focus in this report is on how a series of literacy tutorials, designed as hybrid spaces for learning, provide…
Descriptors: Multiple Literacies, Tutoring, Literacy Education, Qualitative Research
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Burgard, Karen L. B.; Boucher, Michael L., Jr.; Johnston, Kathryn L. – Action in Teacher Education, 2018
This qualitative case study investigated the changes in mental models of a group of White, rural and suburban, teacher candidates in a rural midwestern college and their increased capacity to understand race and culture after their short-term practicum experience in Guatemala City. The study used individual written reflections, whole-group…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Capacity Building, Schemata (Cognition), Overseas Employment
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Moore, Meredith – Action in Teacher Education, 2018
As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) educated in general education classrooms has increased, many teacher education programs have implemented reforms intended to prepare teacher candidates to work with ELLs. This multiple-case study uses a sociocultural perspective on learning to examine whether and how four undergraduate teacher…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Bilingualism, Preservice Teachers, Undergraduate Students
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Evans, Leanne M. – Action in Teacher Education, 2017
The number of students designated as English language learners enrolled in U.S. schools is rapidly increasing, and because of this shifting cultural and linguistic landscape, it is essential that all teachers have the skills to effectively work with students who have a language other than English spoken at home. Using the framework of exemplary…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Bilingualism, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness
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Sydnor, Jackie – Action in Teacher Education, 2017
This study explores the experience of becoming an elementary teacher in an educational climate where standardization and accountability increasingly affect what happens in classrooms across the country by following two beginning teachers. Specifically, this longitudinal study in which two first-year teachers' stories are analyzed and restoried…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Longitudinal Studies, Teacher Education, Beginning Teacher Induction
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Mouza, Chrystalla; Nandakumar, Ratna; Yilmaz Ozden, Sule; Karchmer-Klein, Rachel – Action in Teacher Education, 2017
This study used longitudinal data to investigate the development of preservice teachers' Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) throughout their initial teacher education program in the United States. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected at four different points in time. Findings indicated that teacher preparation…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy, Preservice Teachers
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Mathews, Sarah A. – Action in Teacher Education, 2017
Colleges and universities incorporate international, student-teaching programs as a way to help prepare globally minded prospective teachers. This article adds to this conversation, offering insight from a multicase study analysis of three educators conducted 5 years after their experience student teaching in Kenya, East Africa. The researcher…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Student Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience
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Mosley Wetzel, Melissa; L. Roser, Nancy; Hoffman, James V.; Antonio Martínez, Ramón; Price-Dennis, Detra – Action in Teacher Education, 2016
The authors, a team of literacy teacher educators who are focused on extending our own understandings of preservice teacher (PST) learning, conducted a cross-case analysis of how PSTs learned to teach literacy in three concurrent practicum experiences. We draw on Grossman's framework of representations, decompositions, and approximations to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Literacy, Practicums
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Burns, Rebecca West; Badiali, Bernard – Action in Teacher Education, 2016
Instructional supervision is a highly complex endeavor as supervisors work to enhance teacher, teacher candidate, and school effectiveness. The process of learning to supervise well can be daunting and difficult. Recent research on teaching has focused on enhancing teachers' ability to notice or observe aspects of teaching and student learning.…
Descriptors: Teacher Supervision, Supervisors, Teaching Skills, Skill Development
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Colwell, Jamie – Action in Teacher Education, 2016
This qualitative case study explored preservice teachers' (PSTs) beliefs about disciplinary literacy as they engaged in a blog project with middle-school students to discuss historical texts. Twenty-eight PSTs, enrolled in a semester-long social studies methods course and participating in the blog project as a course assignment, constituted the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Burbank, Mary D.; Ramirez, Laurie A.; Bates, Alisa J. – Action in Teacher Education, 2016
This qualitative case study explored teaching approaches designed to develop critically reflective thinking (CRT) for preservice teachers in an urban, secondary teacher preparation program. Despite concerted use of CRT within course lessons, online discussions, and case studies, participants demonstrated varying degrees in their understanding of…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Rhetoric, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Amador, Julie M.; Carter, Ingrid; Hudson, Rick A. – Action in Teacher Education, 2016
Recent research in mathematics education has highlighted the importance of teachers' abilities to professionally notice students' thinking. This study examined what preservice teachers professionally notice during lesson study to further describe their attention to students' mathematical thinking, their interpretations about students' reasoning,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Thinking Skills
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