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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