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Meyers, Joy; Howard, Christy; Lambert, Claire; Adams-Budde, Melissa – Excellence in Education Journal, 2019
This qualitative multiple-case study examines the cross connections between the perceptions of elementary teacher candidates and teacher educators from three different universities. The data analysis specifically focused on candidates' preparedness to teach literacy. The interview data derived from nineteen candidates and three of their teacher…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Selvaggi, Tina – Excellence in Education Journal, 2018
This study examined the motivation, perceptions/future plans, and expectations of postgraduate students (referred to as literacy coaching candidates) enrolled in the first course of a Literacy Coaching Endorsement program at a large comprehensive institution of higher education. Results from data focus to: What motivates a licensed Reading…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Literacy Education, Student Motivation, Student Attitudes
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Wang, Jiahui; Apraiz, Kristen – Excellence in Education Journal, 2018
Previous studies indicate that practicum experience is essential for pre-service teachers to develop understanding of effective teaching, professional identity, and culturally responsiveness. However, it is possible that first-year pre-service teachers are not ready to teach in a classroom with as many as 30 students which could present…
Descriptors: Mentors, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Experience, Teacher Education Programs
Elliott, Lynn – Excellence in Education Journal, 2016
This paper examines the importance of experiential learning for teachers-as-students and its impact on language instruction through personal experience of the author, a middle school Spanish teacher who participated in an International Teachers' Workshop in Belize focusing on environmental science education. The author compares the approaches of…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Environmental Education, Conservation (Environment), Teacher Education
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Cheng, Li – Excellence in Education Journal, 2014
Self-directed learning has been researched by scholars for many years. However, there is a lack of literature on web-based self-directed Mandarin learning. This research was aimed to investigate how students can learn Mandarin through self-directed study with Internet resources, what the advantages and challenges are, and what strategies students…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Independent Study, Student Attitudes, College Students
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Alexander, Erica – Excellence in Education Journal, 2013
In America, there is a growing consensus that educational video games should be used in the classroom to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. According to the American Federation of Scientists (2006), students that "have grown up with digital technology and video games are especially poised to take advantage of the features of educational…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Reading Instruction, Video Games, Computer Simulation