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Doran, Patricia Rice – Professional Educator, 2020
This article describes findings from a qualitative, practically-focused study of how novice teachers perceive the relevance and effectiveness of their teacher preparation coursework. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with fourteen teachers at two highly diverse elementary schools in an urban area. Participating teachers were in their…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Reflection, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Experience
Alderton, Elizabeth; Manzi, Michelina – Professional Educator, 2017
Engaging students in valuable undergraduate research can be an arduous task to craft outside of the regular schedule of both staff and students. This paper describes a successful research experience that was part of an ongoing methods class for undergraduate pre-service education students. Participants simultaneously engaged in community service…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Student Experience, Methods Courses
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
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Quebec Fuentes, Sarah; Spice, Loren – Professional Educator, 2015
In this paper, we describe the second year of a multi-year project that we developed to foster collaboration between high school teachers and university undergraduates. The project incorporates specific tools that help partners find an approach to collaboration that is right for them, allowing it to offer more flexibility than traditional…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Barriers, High Schools, College School Cooperation
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Scales, Roya – Professional Educator, 2013
This is a study of teachers' visions. Five participants were followed through their pre-service years in the teacher education program and into their first year of teaching to see if their vision was sustained and whether it appeared in their practice. This paper describes the coding process for visions and discusses changes that occurred in the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Reading Teachers, Goal Orientation
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Breault, Rick A. – Professional Educator, 2013
Given the powerful influence of past school experiences on the ways in which future teachers decide to teach, it is important to help preservice teachers more deliberately and critically explore the implications of those influences. This study grew out of an assignment in which 38 secondary education majors were asked to describe high school…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness
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Burbank, Mary; Ramirez, Laurie; Bates, Alisa – Professional Educator, 2012
As teacher educators, we explored the impact of a range of teaching approaches to encourage the development of critically reflective thinking (CRT) in teacher candidates. Our study, the second in a series of three investigations, examined differences in two preservice secondary teachers' responses to CRT as part of a teacher licensure program. We…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education, Curriculum Development, Teacher Educators
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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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Burbank, Mary D. – Professional Educator, 2003
Teacher preparation requires exemplary teaching that illustrates the systematic reflection encouraged among preservice teachers. This article provides an investigation of an innovative model for integrating action research into a preservice teacher education program. Through a self-study, one teacher educator presents reflections on action…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Curriculum, Action Research