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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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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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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