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Teacher Educator, 2012
Although education is not the highest priority in this year's presidential election, the fact that education is an issue at all highlights the role of politics in education. More than for most professions, from the district to the national level, elections and political agendas shape the policies that govern classrooms. Although the teacher unions…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Unions, Educational Change, Politics of Education
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Gaudreault, Karen Lux; Woods, Amelia Mays – Teacher Educator, 2012
The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between achieving The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification and feelings of marginality of physical education teachers. Data sources included a focus group interview with 6 National Board Certified Physical Education Teachers (NBCPETs) and individual phone…
Descriptors: National Standards, Physical Education, Teacher Certification, Physical Education Teachers
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Rubenstein, Lisa DaVia – Teacher Educator, 2012
How can teacher educators provide relevant and important content in an educational environment that is rapidly evolving? TED.com is a website that provides content that meets these criteria in its mission of promoting "ideas that are worth spreading." Rather than ignoring the incredible access to the world's most innovative and dynamic speakers,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Student Participation, Teaching Methods, Best Practices
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Phelps, Christine M.; Spitzer, Sandy M. – Teacher Educator, 2012
Researchers have advocated building a knowledge base for teacher education based on practitioner knowledge. In this article, the authors, two teacher educators, present knowledge gained from their systematic study of two lessons to help prospective teachers learn to study teaching. They offer a detailed look at the lessons' successes and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Teacher Educators, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs
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Fisher, Mary; Rogan, Patricia M. – Teacher Educator, 2012
This case study of a joint school/university professional development opportunity explored how 12 practitioners came together to examine change in light of discrepancies between current practice in local schools and promising practices recommended in the literature for students identified as having significant disabilities. The group met monthly…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College School Cooperation, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education
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Hirsch, Miriam – Teacher Educator, 2012
In this article, the author presents an analysis of 23 school stories (Clandinin & Connelly, 1996) composed by preservice teachers as part of an elective course in an undergraduate teacher preparation program. Three layers of analysis--topical, thematic, and theoretical coding--provide insight into the contribution of the school story genre…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Educators, Personal Narratives
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Danielowich, Robert M. – Teacher Educator, 2012
Although most innovative professional development encourages reflective dialogue among teachers, we still know very little about how such dialogue enables teacher learning. This study describes how teachers make sense of the conflicts among their intended goals and actual practices by responding to their peers' teaching. Four teachers in a large…
Descriptors: Peer Groups, Teacher Collaboration, Conflict, Peer Evaluation
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Peter, Lizette; Markham, Paul; Frey, Bruce B. – Teacher Educator, 2012
This study investigates the role that a socioculturally grounded university English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program played in shaping teachers' work with English Language Learners (ELLs). Subjects were a group of teachers at "Wheatland Elementary School," a newly designated ESOL site for a school district in Kansas. From an…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Assignments
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Kang, Seok; Berliner, David C. – Teacher Educator, 2012
The federal School and Staffing Survey (SASS) and Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS) were used to examine the impacts of induction activities on beginning teacher turnover. This study excluded those teachers who moved or left schools for unavoidable and involuntary reasons, a confounding factor in previous research. This analysis revealed that three…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Beginning Teacher Induction
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Paulson, Sharon; Marchant, Greg – Teacher Educator, 2011
Personally, the authors have seen the evolution of teacher education for over 30 years. From "diagnostic/prescriptive teaching" through "reflective practice," the quality of the programs and students has improved greatly. Turning that subjective appraisal into a quantifiable evaluation is a tricky enterprise in education. However, the demand for…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Education Programs
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Benton-Borghi, Beatrice Hope; Chang, Young Mi – Teacher Educator, 2011
The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES, 2010) continues to report substantial underachievement of diverse student populations in the nation's schools. After decades of focus on diversity and multicultural education, with integrating field and clinical practice, candidates continue to graduate without adequate knowledge, skills and…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Multicultural Education, Teacher Education Programs, Program Effectiveness
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Frey, Timothy J.; Andres, Debra K.; McKeeman, Leah A.; Lane, Jessica J. – Teacher Educator, 2011
In this article the authors describe a collaboratively designed secondary teacher education program focused on the preparation of preservice general education teachers to work effectively with children who have diverse learning needs in inclusive classrooms. The focus of the article is on the collaborative development and initial evaluation of the…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Preservice Teachers, Instructional Design, Methods Courses
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Kotelawala, Usha – Teacher Educator, 2011
Through growing formative research, lesson study has emerged as a powerful practice that affects teachers' practical analysis of learning and teaching. Such research, however, also recognizes challenges to its implementation. In a methods course, lesson study has the potential to provide valuable links between teacher education and practice. In…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Jimenez-Silva, Margarita; Olson, Kate; Hernandez, Norma Jimenez – Teacher Educator, 2011
As our schools become increasingly diverse and the effects of immigration can be felt across the nation, some states have mandated that preservice teachers take endorsement courses that focus on teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) with the purpose of ensuring that teachers are able to meet ELLs' social and academic needs. A significant…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Williamson, Pamela; McLeskey, James – Teacher Educator, 2011
This investigation addressed the use of problem-solving teams (PST) to support general education teachers working in inclusive classrooms. Eight teams in a high-poverty elementary school that had recently implemented an inclusive program were the focus of the study. Teachers noted several benefits of PSTs, including social support, learning new…
Descriptors: General Education, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Teamwork
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