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Phelps, James L. – Educational Considerations, 2011
This article focuses on a method of policy analysis that has evolved from the previous articles in this issue. The first section, "Toward a Theory of Educational Production," identifies concepts from science and achievement production to be incorporated into this policy analysis method. Building on Kuhn's (1970) discussion regarding paradigms, the…
Descriptors: Policy Analysis, Simulation, Academic Achievement, Theories
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Phelps, James L. – Educational Considerations, 2011
The author believes that a unified theory might provide ideas helpful for improving research; professional training and practice; and therefore, student achievement. Little attention was paid to how several variables might work together and there is little discussion regarding how they might work together. The author stresses that there are…
Descriptors: Physics, Educational Administration, Interdisciplinary Approach, Holistic Approach
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Phelps, James L. – Educational Considerations, 2011
Combining explanatory variables into factors instead of using individual variables in an achievement production function is advocated in several of the articles in this special issue. This article provides a brief overview of factor analysis explaining and illustrating the reasoning for this technique. There is a linchpin: Factor analysis is an…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Regression (Statistics), Academic Achievement
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McHatton, Patricia Alvarez; Shircliffe, Barbara J.; Cobb-Roberts, Deirdre – Educational Considerations, 2011
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) was founded in 1954 to serve as an independent body in promoting high quality teacher preparation programs. Its mission is to ensure accredited institutions produce high quality educators, administrators, and specialists able to meet the needs of all learners. Institutions seeking…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Field Experience Programs, Educational Practices, Teacher Educators
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Kerr, Jo-Anne; Dils, Keith – Educational Considerations, 2011
Standard 4-Diversity of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) requires that preservice teachers, or candidates, demonstrate and apply proficiencies related to diversity. To that end, preservice teachers need to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to enable them to successfully work with diverse…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Higher Education
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Hughey, Judy – Educational Considerations, 2011
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the premier teacher education program accreditation body. In addition to reviewing teacher preparation programs in institutions of higher learning, NCATE also reviews school administration programs and other school specialist programs, including school counseling programs. The…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Teacher Education Programs, School Administration, Administration
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Tindle, Kathleen; Freund, Maxine; Belknap, Bridget; Green, Colin; Shotel, Jay – Educational Considerations, 2011
To be prepared to teach in an urban setting, preservice teachers must exit their teacher preparation program with a professional disposition toward equity and social justice as well as the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of all students in their classroom. The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Feedback (Response), Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Warren, Susan R.; Pacino, Maria A.; Foy, Tami; Bond, Torria – Educational Considerations, 2011
Accreditation bodies for institutions of higher education like the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) require colleges and universities to create campus climates and experiences for students that foster diversity. In particular, schools of education have the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Schools of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Research Methodology
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Shockley, Robert; Hardman, John; Watlington, Eliah; Heydet-Kirsch, Patricia – Educational Considerations, 2011
In March 2007, Florida Atlantic University hosted a joint NCATE/Florida Department of Education site visit. This successful site visit and following Unit Accreditation Board report resulted in full NCATE accreditation with only one weakness cited. The weakness related to the implementation of the College's assessment system at the Advanced Levels.…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Professional Education, Cultural Differences, Higher Education
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Phelps, James L. – Educational Considerations, 2011
The previous articles on class size and other productivity research paint a complex and confusing picture of the relationship between policy variables and student achievement. Missing is a conceptual scheme capable of combining the seemingly unrelated research and dissimilar estimates of effect size into a unified structure for policy analysis and…
Descriptors: Class Size, Policy Analysis, Effect Size, School Effectiveness
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Mac Iver, Martha Abele – Educational Considerations, 2010
Increasing high school graduation rates is a systemic issue, not just a school level issue. The district office therefore has a key role to play in narrowing the graduation gap and ensuring that more students earn their high school diplomas well-equipped for college or career. This article focuses first on what school districts have typically done…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Dropout Prevention, At Risk Students, Administrator Role
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Vogel, Linda R.; Rude, Harvey – Educational Considerations, 2010
In a 1991 report, the Indian Nations at Risk Task Force documented a lack of Native educators as role models for Native American students and set a goal of doubling their number by the year 2000. Under-representation of Native American educators remains an issue today particularly with regard to school leaders (Planty et al. 2009; Snyder and…
Descriptors: Role Models, American Indians, American Indian Education, Instructional Leadership
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Knoeppel, Robert C.; Rinehart, James S. – Educational Considerations, 2010
What distinguishes successful schools from unsuccessful schools? This question has relevance for the practice of educational leadership as well as the preparation of leaders. Successful schools are led by principals who set the direction and influence student learning, and who change the instructional process by focusing deliberately on teaching…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Statistical Analysis, Instructional Leadership
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Abrego, Jesus, Jr.; Pankake, Anita – Educational Considerations, 2010
Building and sustaining a school and district culture that has a technology "growth mindset" and the implementation of processes that support a technology-specific culture in which, "the role of the leader is to ensure that the organization develops relationships that help produce desirable results," would ensure that teachers and principals…
Descriptors: Educational Change, National Organizations, Professional Development, Leadership
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Salsberry, Trudy A. – Educational Considerations, 2010
Virtual schools are as different from each other as traditional schools are different when one moves from community to community or state to state. A virtual school typically offers a learning experience via the Internet, may or may not be supported by government funds, and may or may not be accredited. They have been in existence for quite some…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Quality Control, Leadership, Virtual Classrooms
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