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Schroeder, Stephanie; Currin, Elizabeth; McCardle, Todd – Educational Forum, 2021
This paper investigates the impact of the 2016 presidential election on the Opt Out Florida Network (OOFN). Findings indicate that the widespread protests against the Trump presidency after the election highlighted the need to reframe OOFN's message in order to motivate membership to act for democratic schools. We suggest the outcome of OOFN's…
Descriptors: Activism, Elections, Standardized Tests, High Stakes Tests
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Sherman, Shelley – Educational Forum, 2021
Low teacher morale suggests a need for a renewed focus on joyful teaching. Moreover, mechanical lesson planning can discourage teacher candidates whose aspirations to teach pivot around their desire to make a difference in the lives of others while pursuing a career that will be joyful and fulfilling. Teacher educators can support candidates by…
Descriptors: Teacher Morale, Teaching Conditions, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators
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Torff, Bruce; Kimmons, Kathleen – Educational Forum, 2021
Investigating the development of teachers' interactional styles (related to "authoritative teaching"), survey research examined how interactional styles are predicted by teaching experience, age, and educational attainment, as well as gender. Secondary teachers (N = 272) completed an instructional-style scale measuring preferences…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Preferences, Teaching Styles, Interaction
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Guo, Karen; Kuramochi, Kiyomi – Educational Forum, 2021
In this study, we are looking for insights into children's learning in Japanese kindergartens from the perspectives and experiences of kindergarten teachers and children. Combining research on early childhood education in Japan and the capabilities approach, the findings indicate that children's learning is situated within a dynamic praxis,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers
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Hodge, Emily M. – Educational Forum, 2021
This study examines how a large metropolitan district presented the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to its teachers, how secondary literacy teachers took up those messages, and the conceptions of equity that were represented at the district and teacher levels. This study draws on sensemaking theory and conceptions of equity in conjunction with…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Common Core State Standards, School Districts, Educational Opportunities
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Bittinger, Joshua D.; Wells, Ryan S.; Kimball, Ezekiel W. – Educational Forum, 2021
Although postsecondary STEM outcomes for students with disabilities are poorly understood, literature exploring this problem is quite sparse. We examined the career aspirations of high school students by modeling the likelihood of students with individualized education programs (IEPs) aspiring to STEM careers. Results demonstrated no differences…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Occupational Aspiration, High School Students, Individualized Education Programs
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Lanford, Michael – Educational Forum, 2021
This qualitative study of 43 adult learners in an urban community college critically examines the theory of andragogy's relevance in today's "New Economy." Findings encompass: (1) an individual dimension detailing adult learners' complex motivations for higher education; (2) an instructional dimension concerning the importance of…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Urban Schools
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Cannon, Kama Lee; Carr, Marsha L. – Educational Forum, 2020
Many bright, talented girls from populations traditionally underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are underachieving or disengaged in school, despite having an interest in STEM. Qualitative research was conducted with teenaged girls from culturally and academically diverse backgrounds participating in an…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Females, Science Education, Culturally Relevant Education
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Mungal, Angus Shiva – Educational Forum, 2020
This essay considers school and external factors that influenced a teacher's decision to pass a high school student, thus allowing him to graduate high school. I explore my role in understanding and then enacting change within the classroom. This article prompts educators to self-reflect on their positionality, moral decision-making, and…
Descriptors: Ethics, Equal Education, High School Students, Decision Making
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Kolluri, Suneal; Tierney, William G. – Educational Forum, 2020
The college readiness of high school graduates has become a core objective of the education policy of the United States. Early college readiness programs now exist in 38 states, and early college transition curricula have been developed in 29 states. This article evaluates the oldest of these programs, the Early Assessment Program (EAP), operated…
Descriptors: College Readiness, High School Graduates, Culturally Relevant Education, High School Students
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Kulkarni, Saili S.; Stacy, Jen; Kertyzia, Heather – Educational Forum, 2020
This paper presents a collaborative self-study of three teacher educators and how they understood, practiced, and promoted democratic education in response to the divisive rhetoric of 2015-2016 at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in Southern California. The prevalence of neoliberal ideologies throughout the 2016 election season challenged our…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Culturally Relevant Education, Teacher Education, Hispanic American Students
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Morettini, Brianne; Luet, Kathryn; Vernon-Dotson, Lisa – Educational Forum, 2020
Beginning teacher resilience has become a topic of international interest, as all school districts are invested in retaining talented teachers. This study builds on extant literature on the role of mentors by examining the influence of mentoring on beginning teachers' perceptions of acceptance not only in the school but in the larger community…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Resilience (Psychology), Correlation, Mentors
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Shallish, Lauren; Rao, Shridevi; Pancsofar, Nadya – Educational Forum, 2020
Recent societal and political shifts have underscored the need for higher education programs to examine and reflect on the ways in which they address equity and social justice. As teacher-educators, we feel this call with particular urgency. In this paper, we describe our past and current efforts to engage in self-reflective inquiry and enact ways…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Social Action, Learner Engagement, Equal Education
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Strachan, Samantha L.; Davis, Jillian – Educational Forum, 2020
The shortage of African American male teachers has been a consistent issue in education. However, there is still much to learn about the experiences and perspectives of African American men on the teaching pathway. By placing a spotlight on the complex positioning of African American men in education, this essay expounds on the importance of…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Martin, Jennifer L.; Beese, Jane A. – Educational Forum, 2020
The paper examines participant perceptions of the effectiveness of using case studies with college students (undergraduate - doctoral) to teach social justice and educational equity. Findings indicate that participants who identified with the characters in the cases were able to draw connections between the case and their own personal experiences.…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Learner Engagement, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Student Attitudes
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