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Lisa Colvin; Anna Fox; Melissa Roberts Becker; Erin M. Pearce; Lauren Reasor – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
A goal of university undergraduate early childhood teacher preparation programs is to create meaningful experiences that allow teacher candidates to learn theory and evidence-based best practices they will carry into their classrooms as professional educators. They should have direct interactions with young learners to apply coursework to the real…
Descriptors: Art Education, STEM Education, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Hall, Anna; Gao, Qianyi; Linder, Sandra – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Field-based experience has been an integral part of teacher preparation, and there is a consensus among key stakeholders that school-based practica are one of the most critical components of effective teacher education programs (Aspden, 2017; La Paro et al., 2018; Vick, 2006; Zeichner, 2002). Based on John Dewey's theory that knowledge is acquired…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Student Teachers, Teaching Experience
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Aday, Danika Lynn; Kenney, Alison Lynn; Grace, Cathy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
As graduate assistants (GAs) at the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at the University of Mississippi, two of the authors participated in a trip to Money, Mississippi, the community where one of the most horrific events related to racial unrest in the country's history occurred. While there, they learned about Emmett Till, a young…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants
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Aina, Olaiya E.; Cameron, Petronella A. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
The early gender bias experiences that children encounter can shape their attitudes and beliefs related to their development of interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, access to education equality, participation in the corporate work world, as well as stifling their physical and psychological well being. For early childhood educators, being…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Young Children, Sexual Identity, Gender Issues
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Crawford, Patricia A.; Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth; Hickmann, Rosemary – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2010
"Teacher leadership" is often described as a murky concept that refers not to a particular position, but rather to varied formal and informal leadership roles that teachers play within school communities. Teacher leadership may involve shaping curricula, choosing instructional materials, leading professional book clubs, planning staff…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Master Teachers, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership