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Djonko-Moore, Cara M.; Joseph, Nicole M. – SAGE Open, 2016
This article explores the researcher's use of field trips as an experiential learning tool in a social studies methods course as a pilot study. The researchers analyzed course evaluations and student reflection papers using document analysis to determine (a) the positive and negative aspects of utilizing field trips during the course, and (b) the…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Teacher Education Programs, Social Studies, Methods Courses
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Hasbun, Tracey Covington; Rudolph, Amanda – SAGE Open, 2016
In higher education, as many as 50% of educator preparation programs (EPPs) look to a national accreditation agency as one way to provide evidence of the rigor and quality of their programs. Although a large number of EPPs find value in the self-study and external review that come with the national accreditation process, the process itself can be…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Best Practices
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Badiee, Farnaz; Kaufman, David – SAGE Open, 2015
Recent calls to improve the quality of education in schools have drawn attention to the importance of teachers' preparation for work in classroom settings. Although the practicum has long been the traditional means for pre-service teachers to learn and practice classroom teaching, it does not always offer student teachers the time, safe practice…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Design