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Sharp, Laurie A.; Goode, Frank; Grote-Garcia, Stephanie – Excellence in Education Journal, 2020
High-quality teacher preparation is vital to ensure novice special education teachers are prepared for the multiple aspects of instructional planning and strategies. In order to gain an understanding of related preparation practices, the current study employed a cross-sectional research design to ascertain the viewpoints of teacher educators and…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Educators
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Spencer, Amelia; Causey, Cora Brasfield; Ernest, James M.; Barnes, Gay F. – Excellence in Education Journal, 2020
Teacher-questioning has been acknowledged as critical in teaching and learning. A less researched topic is the ability for students to develop their own questions to deepen understanding. Student questions are important for engagement and to stimulate the understanding of new information. Traditionally, Ugandan teachers rarely instruct in ways…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, International Cooperation, Questioning Techniques, Student Role
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Myers, Joy; Paulick, Judy – Excellence in Education Journal, 2020
Determining what to include in higher education courses can be complex. In teacher preparation, methods courses include both content and pedagogy instruction. Teacher educators often struggle to determine how to balance these aspects. Thus, this study examined the influences on teacher educators' instructional decision making. We focused on…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Higher Education, Teacher Educators, Writing Instruction
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Peng, Li-Wei – Excellence in Education Journal, 2020
This exploratory study focused on the Technology Teaching Assistantship (TTA) Program at the College of Education in a Midwest university as a strategy tool to improve the preparation of teacher educators to coach teacher candidates in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences; emphasizing discipline-specific…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teachers, Technology Uses in Education
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Raymond, Roberta D.; Sharp, Laurie A.; Piper, Rebekah – Excellence in Education Journal, 2020
High-quality literacy teacher preparation is critical for K-12 student success and an important topic. Teacher educators must develop instructional capacity and competence among preservice teachers, and the current study sought to discover how literacy teacher educators promoted understandings with curriculum, instructional approaches, and…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Competencies, Preservice Teacher Education
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Çankaya, Ibrahim; Saglam, Aycan Çiçek; Tan, Çetin – Excellence in Education Journal, 2020
The aim of this study was to demonstrate the opinions of teacher candidates, who were born after 2000 and called Generation Z, about the concept of school autonomy. This quantitative research was conducted according to the descriptive survey model. The data obtained is based on the responses given by teacher candidates to the "School…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Generational Differences, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes
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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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Chitra, D. – Excellence in Education Journal, 2019
A quality teacher education program is rational and streamlined to address specific pedagogical issues. It elucidates the ideas about what constitutes good teaching and the content and scope of course work and practical experiences. Teacher education courses are very much connected to practice as well as theory. High quality teacher training…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies
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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
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Meyers, Joy; Mathur, Smita; Barnes, Susan – Excellence in Education Journal, 2017
Universities typically use one-day-a-week practicum experiences for novice preservice teachers, but in this pilot program they were placed with 20 cooperating teachers in elementary classrooms for five consecutive weeks. This article explores the impact of extended and early practicum experiences. Findings suggest the cooperating teachers had…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Practicums, Elementary Schools
Everett, Ingrid T.; Roesch, Daniel; Rudolph, Allison – Excellence in Education Journal, 2017
Teachers leave the profession for reasons including lack of teacher preparation and inadequate mentorship. To better support candidates in the final stages of teacher preparation, a Pennsylvania state university partnership led a process to implement supports to enhance the mentoring process during teacher candidate's final field experience. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Coaching (Performance), Preservice Teacher Education
Creasy, Kim – Excellence in Education Journal, 2015
This paper discusses the importance of field-based experiences in the preparation of teacher candidates. The author cites the research and experienced opinions of experts in the field of teacher preparation. Included in this discussion of the importance of field-based experiences is the ability of teacher candidates to link theory to practice,…
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
Rose, Brian – Excellence in Education Journal, 2015
Research suggests that a majority of elementary school teachers do not feel confident in their ability to teach English language learners. Moreover, teachers and teacher candidates are often presented as a monolithic group of middle-class, monolingual women with relatively few experiences with people from diverse backgrounds. Accordingly, this…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Bulger, Sean M.; Jones, Emily M. – Excellence in Education Journal, 2014
As technological advances continue to influence the methods by which we communicate, manage information, and entertain ourselves, educators must keep pace with these changes by integrating technology when it supports content delivery and enhances student learning. There is considerable potential for technology use across all content areas, but it…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Technology Integration, Audience Response Systems, Undergraduate Students