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Weber-Mayrer, Melissa M.; Piasta, Shayne B.; Yeager Pelatti, Christina – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2015
Professional development (PD) for early childhood educators has received increased attention as a means of bolstering young children's learning and development. Theory and research indicate that educators' characteristics play roles in both their own learning and that of children; however, little research has explored who participates in PD. This…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, State Programs, Faculty Development, Preschool Teachers
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Maynard, Christine; La Paro, Karen M.; Johnson, Amy V. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
Classroom-based experiences, alternatively known as practica, are an integral component of undergraduate teacher preparation programs, which provide students essential opportunities to apply knowledge in practice. Though much is known about student teaching, much less is known about students' earlier classroom-based experiences. This…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education
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Yamauchi, Lois A.; Im, Seongah; Mark, Lauren – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2013
This study investigated the influence of professional development on 20 preschool teachers' use of instructional conversations in classrooms for 2- to 5-year-old children. Instructional conversation is a small group discussion that builds on children's prior knowledge to assess and assist conceptual understanding. Over a 3-year period, the…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Speech Communication, Video Technology, Group Discussion
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Bekleyen, Nilufer – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
This study was conducted in the English Language Teaching Department of a state university in Turkey. The aim of the study was to examine the differences in attitudes of teacher candidates before and after their short-term teaching experience with very young learners (VYL) of English. The study was performed during the first term of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Second Language Programs, English (Second Language), English Teachers
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Nicholson, Shelley; Reifel, Stuart – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore child care teachers' perceptions of their initial preservice and in-service training experiences. Eighteen child care teachers working in six for-profit centers were interviewed. Based on the participants' responses, the findings are organized in two themes. First, because many of them entered the field…
Descriptors: Child Care, Teacher Attitudes, Interviews, Inservice Teacher Education
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Thompson, Josh; Stryker, Aggie – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
How do college professors prepare for class? Teachers often approach the lesson planning process differently. Some, though quite different in their methods, come out with remarkably similar results. Two highly effective teachers engaged each other in peer-reflection as they explored their own methods of lesson preparation. As they conferred with…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Educators, Teaching Methods
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Trawick-Smith, Jeffrey; Dziurgot, Tracy – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
The purpose of this study was to determine if levels of teacher education and experience would influence how teachers respond to children's play needs in a preschool classroom. The interactions of eight teachers--three of whom were categorized as high education/high experience, three as low education/high experience, and two as low education/low…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Play, Teacher Guidance, Interaction
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La Paro, Karen M.; Siepak, Kathy; Scott-Little, Catherine – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to assess the beliefs of students and faculty in a 4-year birth-kindergarten teacher preparation program using the Teacher Belief Q-Sort (TBQ). Data were collected over one academic year from a total of 63 students, 35 students at the beginning of their coursework and 28 students at the end of their program,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teaching Experience
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Ofstedal, Kathleen; Dahlberg, Kathryn – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2009
The need to collaborate in the fields of business, health care, and technology is not a new concept. Educational institutions, however, have been slow to recognize the need to teach collaboration skills (Brownell & Walther-Thomas, 2002; Jackson, 2004). This article focuses on the development of the Collaboration Self-Assessment Tool (CSAT). The…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Teaching Experience, Cooperating Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Loizou, Eleni – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2009
This is a study that investigates the views of in-service Early Childhood teachers concerning their teacher training program. Ninety in-service teachers were interviewed and asked to reflect on their teacher training. The focus of this paper is on two major issues: the challenges teachers have faced and are facing during their years of teaching…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Children, Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries
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Meier, Daniel R. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2008
In this essay, the author describes his curricular journey in creating a course on narrative inquiry and memoir for experienced early childhood educators. The author recounts the steps he took in selecting reading texts and activities for the course, and emphasizes the value of using poetry as a form of narrative for helping early childhood…
Descriptors: Poetry, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Experience, Preschool Teachers
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Hooks, Laura M. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2008
It is well documented that parent and family involvement in children's education correlates with success in school. The increasing number of English Language Learners in public schools has created a need for teacher educators to prepare preservice teachers to be able to work with families who have limited English. This study examined the outcomes…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Parent Participation, Family Involvement, Second Language Learning
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Huss-Keeler, Rebecca; Brown, Suzanne – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2007
This paper examines the strategies used, challenges faced and lessons learned in meeting the diverse learning needs of graduate initial certification and graduate certified teachers in the same cross-listed early childhood mathematics class. Questions investigated included "How can instructors best meet the learning needs of diverse candidates in…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Beginning Teachers, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience
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Chiasson, Kari; Yearwood, Jo-Anne; Olsen, Glenn – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2006
As more children with disabilities are served in early childhood settings, preservice training programs have a responsibility to provide future early childhood educators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to actively participate as a team member in meeting the needs of young children with disabilities. This article provides a description…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses
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Wolfe, Randi B. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2006
If preservice teachers are to be capably prepared to meet the challenges of classroom and community diversity, teacher educators have a responsibility to address the full range of diversity issues in teacher preparation coursework, despite controversial or political overtones that may exist. Among these issues is that of considering and responding…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Homosexuality, Resource Materials, Teacher Education Curriculum
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