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Gelfuso, Andrea; Dennis, Danielle V.; Parker, Audra – Professional Educator, 2015
Recent calls for a shift to clinically-based models of teacher preparation prompt a research focus on the quality of classroom experiences in which pre-service teachers engage and the level to which theory and practice connect to inform those experiences. Developing a theoretical framework to conceptualize an approach to this work is an essential…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Reflection, Theory Practice Relationship
Waddell, Jennifer; Vartuli, Sue – Professional Educator, 2015
In recent years, teacher education has been charged with reforming programs to better align curriculum, clinical practice, and accountability. The sense of urgency for reform has been heightened by competition from alternative routes to teaching that jump straight to practice, often criticized for foregoing essential knowledge and theory. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Field Experience Programs, Urban Teaching
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Eisenman, Gordon; Edwards, Susan; Cushman, Carey Anne – Professional Educator, 2015
Learning how to manage a classroom effectively is a difficult task for preservice teachers. This is compounded by the lack of attention that classroom management receives in many teacher preparation programs and in the field of education in general. This article offers a rationale for the lack of attention to classroom management in teacher…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Class Activities
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Gardiner, Wendy; Salmon, Diane – Professional Educator, 2014
Current reform efforts seek to redesign teacher education in alignment with a practice-based theory, a fundamental reconceptualization of higher education demanding a tighter alignment with K-12 school practices. The Faculty Research Residency Model--a Department of Education Funds for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) grant…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Education, Alignment (Education), Educational Change
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Freeman, Greta; Izzard, Marilyn; Faulkner, Rebecca; Charles, Jim – Professional Educator, 2012
An abundance of research confirms preservice teachers are unprepared to work with diverse populations. This article describes an education program's efforts to support diversity initiatives and provide information and hands-on training to prepare teacher candidates for future work with the diversity they will encounter. Explanations of programs,…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Laboratory Schools, Preservice Teachers, Academic Achievement
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Monroe, Ann Elizabeth; Blackwell, Sarah Elizabeth; Pepper, Susan Kaye – Professional Educator, 2010
Classroom management is often noted as one of the most influential factors in determining success for first-year teachers and as the most influential factor in students' academic success (Marzano & Marzano, 2003). However, according to Haycock (2006), nearly half of this country's new teachers leave the classroom within their first five years,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Professional Development, Classroom Techniques
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Hitt, Austin M.; Helms, Emory C. – Professional Educator, 2009
This paper discusses an instructional approach designed to help preservice teachers understand how assessments can be influenced by personal biases. In order to achieve this objective, we developed an analogy-based activity called "The Dog Show Analogy." After participating in the activity, we have observed that the participating preservice…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education Programs, Experimenter Characteristics
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Searby, Linda; Shaddix, Lisa – Professional Educator, 2008
Viewing teachers as leaders requires a paradigm shift about the concept of leadership in a school system. The Teachers as Leaders program of the Mountain Brook, Alabama Schools represents that shift and is empowering teachers to utilize their leadership skills and contribute to the system as it fulfills its mission to offer education to its…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership, Teacher Empowerment, Partnerships in Education
Ransdell, Mary; Maxwell, Sheryl A. – Professional Educator, 2006
Teacher education students placed in clinical settings for methods coursework need adequate guidance in order to make the most of their experiences. Guidance in terms of teaching, reflections, clinical settings, and other related activities offers these candidates a realistic view of teacher, teaching, and learning. Oftentimes, the clinical…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Guidance, Cooperating Teachers, Methods Courses
Reybold, L. Earle; Flores, Belinda Bustos; Riojas-Cortez, Mari – Professional Educator, 2006
Teacher beliefs are mediated and lived in the dialectic of teacher education and teacher practice. We reframe this dialectic of "teacher" preparation as "faculty" preparation, as many faculty are not prepared for the rigors of teaching, and most are not trained in the ethics of their profession. We propose a critical model of faculty development…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Faculty Development, Moral Development, Organizational Development
Mays, Russell O. – Professional Educator, 2006
Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) made enormous contributions to African American education, rural education, and many aspects of American life. Even so, he remains a little known figure to many. To a large extent, his impact was the result of an ability to build and maintain effective partnerships. This brief history summarizes Rosenwald's thoughts on…
Descriptors: African American Education, Rural Education, Private Financial Support, Jews
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Jeffries, Carolyn; Maeder, Dale W. – Professional Educator, 2005
In the last fifty years, the use of stories in education has included vignettes as an effective stimulus for discussion of real-life contexts and problems. However, vignettes have rarely been used as an assessment tool and there is no reported consensus on their definition and design. This article documents the use of vignettes as an effective…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement
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Melser, Nancy Armstrong – Professional Educator, 2004
Professional Development Schools provide many different opportunities for the supervision of pre-service teacher. One of these options is the Shared Supervision of student teachers in which the university faculty member and the supervising classroom teacher now work together to complete observations, provide feedback, and complete summative…
Descriptors: Professional Development Schools, Teacher Supervision, Cooperating Teachers, Cooperation
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Hanshaw, Larry G. – Professional Educator, 2004
This article presents a faculty-designed merit pay plan along with a discussion of some of its perceived values. The merit pay plan discussed here advocates that (1) there is a need among teacher education faculty to have control over the design and implementation of any merit pay process that evaluates and rewards the value-laden work they…
Descriptors: Rewards, Teacher Educators, Schools of Education, Merit Pay
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Bentley, Terry; Zhao, Fangxia; Reames, Ellen H.; Reed, Cindy – Professional Educator, 2004
Members of Auburn University's educational leadership program at the doctoral level have created a new framework for learning and sharing knowledge, experience, and support. This framework is shared among the doctoral candidates in the form of series of core classes called "doctoral cohort." This paper captures the essence of the…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Instructional Leadership, Human Resources, Administrator Education
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