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Parker, Audra; Bush, Amanda; Yendol-Hoppey, Diane – New Educator, 2016
Teacher educators recognize that teacher candidates must have authentic, scaffolded opportunities to transform knowledge into practice. This study explores teacher candidates' engagement with teacher inquiry as a method for supporting professional development. Findings suggest teacher candidates differ tremendously in their responses to the…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Teacher Educators, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Teacher Education
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Smith, Antony T.; Place, Nancy A. – New Educator, 2011
This study describes a teacher certification literacy methods course taught in an elementary school setting and featuring a classroom practicum, integrated with course sessions, that focuses on work with individual children. It examines the influence of an inquiry approach, promoted in this course model, on teacher candidate development. Drawn…
Descriptors: Practicums, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Effectiveness
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Norman, Patricia J.; Golian, Katherine; Hooker, Heather – New Educator, 2005
Recently developed Professional Development School standards underscore the importance of professional learning community, inquiry, shared decision-making and a focus on student learning. These standards closely mirror the goals of "Critical Friends Groups," a significant movement in education to improve student achievement through…
Descriptors: Professional Development Schools, Mentors, Teacher Collaboration, College School Cooperation