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Cavagnetto, Andy R.; Hand, Brian; Premo, Joshua – Theory Into Practice, 2020
Science education reforms seek to increase student inquiry, peer collaboration, and making student thinking visible in order to better support science learning. Yet each of these ingredients assumes that students will choose to actively participate in various classroom activities. This article highlights key considerations to support agency -- or…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Science Education, Active Learning, Student Participation
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Hatt, Beth; Urrieta, Luis – Theory Into Practice, 2020
Identity and agency are key to understanding student learning within classroom contexts. Utilizing figured worlds and local contentious practices as analytical frameworks, identity and agency are theorized as cultural practices that occur as part of the learning process in schools. Specifically, this article discusses self-authorship and the…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Mexican Americans, United States History, Hispanic American Students
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Vaughn, Margaret – Theory Into Practice, 2020
In this article, research tracing the historical progression of agency within recent educational reforms and empirical research from a variety of classrooms (geographic regions and grade levels) is discussed to document the power of agency across contexts. This article aims to propose a collaborative way of thinking about student agency from…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Motivation, Power Structure
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Brown, Raymond – Theory Into Practice, 2020
A question that confronts teachers of mathematics is how best to establish in their classrooms a space where students can participate more fully in the curriculum. This article explores the development of agency in the school mathematics classroom. Using data from a variety of classroom contexts, this article employs sociocultural constructs of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Personal Autonomy, Mathematics Teachers
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Campano, Gerald; Ghiso, María Paula; Badaki, Oreoluwa; Kannan, Chloe – Theory Into Practice, 2020
In this article, we highlight the affordances of agency that is not merely individual, but rather emerges in and through collectivities. We take up these issues within the context of our own work in the field of sociocultural perspectives on literacy and through the methodological vantage point of community-based and participatory research. First,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Collectivism, Participatory Research, Community Involvement
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Massey, Dixie D.; Wall, Amanda – Theory Into Practice, 2020
In this article, we consider how teacher educators can support the development of agency in teacher candidates. Using a sociocultural understanding of agency, we describe four promising practices for helping teacher candidates develop agency as individuals and as a collective. We consider helping teacher candidates develop their own professional…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Role, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Brock, Matthew E.; Schaefer, John M.; Seaman, Rachel L. – Theory Into Practice, 2020
Supporting agency can be complex and challenging, especially when teaching students with severe disabilities (i.e., students with intellectual disability, autism, and/or multiple disabilities who are eligible for their state's alternate assessment). In this article, we compare Bandura's model of agency with constructs from the severe disabilities…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Severe Disabilities, Students with Disabilities, Student Empowerment
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Theory Into Practice, 2020
In this article, I adopt a practice theory consideration of student agency, that is, I consider students' power to act on their interests and intentions, on their own inclinations; this will-to-act-on-the-world is central to becoming an active, adaptive participant across the life span. As practice theorist Shery Ortner has explained, none of us…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Intention, Ethnography, Classroom Environment
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Vaughn, Margaret – Theory Into Practice, 2020
This culminating article synthesizes the collection of articles to discuss conceptualizations of student agency across contexts. Themes that exist across the collection of articles include agency as multidimensional, agency as a navigational tool, and agency as advocacy. In this concluding article, ideas from across the articles are presented to…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Advocacy, Classroom Techniques, Critical Theory
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Robertson, Dana A.; Padesky, Lauren Breckenridge; Brock, Cynthia H. – Theory Into Practice, 2020
Thoughtfully planned professional development (PD) that fosters teacher agency has the potential to impact student agency in the literacy classroom. Drawing on a body of research with 82 teachers across multiple schools and clinical settings, this article first presents findings from a variety of PD contexts that are synthesized to highlight four…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Teacher Empowerment, Student Empowerment, Literacy
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Cook-Sather, Alison – Theory Into Practice, 2020
Student voice is a concept and a set of approaches that position students alongside credentialed educators as critics and creators of educational practice. Student voice and student agency are closely linked when school stakeholders connect the sound of students speaking with students having the power to influence practices and analyses of…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Educational Research, Power Structure, Authors
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Moses, Lindsey; Rylak, Danielle; Reader, Tanya; Hertz, Christine; Ogden, Meridith – Theory Into Practice, 2020
The literature on student agency is missing the voice and perspectives of teachers. Although theoretical and empirical research aims to explore student agency by observing and documenting the structures and supports involved in fostering agency, the field knows little of what student agency means to teachers who currently teach and who have…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Personal Autonomy, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
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Jotia, Agreement L.; Biraimah, Karen L.; Kurtz, Brianna A. – Theory Into Practice, 2020
This work explores how short-term study abroad programs in emerging nations might be redesigned to become more beneficial to host institutions and communities, while providing more responsive, transformative learning experiences for students, and analyze how study abroad programs, as well as follow-on grant and research programs, can also be the…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Transformative Learning, Developing Nations, Developed Nations
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Major, Jae – Theory Into Practice, 2020
International teaching experiences are increasingly being offered as an option in teacher education programs as a way of addressing goals related to internationalization such as developing intercultural competence and preparing teachers for "super-diversity" in education. However, there has also been some concern expressed that…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, International Programs, Stereotypes, Social Bias
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Schlein, Candace – Theory Into Practice, 2020
Research at the intersection of teaching, teacher education, and international school settings predominantly examines pre-service educators' placements in host countries from a critical stance. Moreover, novice teachers who begin their educator professional development in intercultural situations display many parallels to those of pre-service…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, International Schools, Preservice Teachers, Student Placement
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