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Gardner, Margery – AILACTE Journal, 2017
Integrated STEM education seeks to build deep connections between science, technology, engineering, and math. Contextualized lessons give students greater access to these content areas and can heighten engagement. Great parallels can be drawn between liberal arts philosophies and integrated STEM education. This paper explores how one teacher team…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Curriculum Development, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Wakefield, Dara V. – AILACTE Journal, 2017
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Race to the Top (RT3) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) have piled up federal mandates into a "perfect storm" for Georgia teachers. This study considers the impact of this storm through the eyes of 23 Georgia teachers. A tidal wave of federal mandates leaves teachers overwhelmed and skeptical about…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Teacher Attitudes
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Adams, Susan R.; Brooks, Katie; Kandel-Cisco, Brooke – AILACTE Journal, 2017
Too often teacher professional development (PD) is focused on mainstream K-12 learners, even as US schools become more culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD). This theoretical paper provides guidance for centering professional development on the margins. The three conclusions are distilled from robust experiences with middle and high school…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Student Diversity, Cultural Differences
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Case, Anny Fritzen; Traynor, John – AILACTE Journal, 2016
This paper describes several innovations to an early field experience emerging from a community, school, and university partnership focused on a middle school serving diverse students from low-income neighborhoods. With the primary goal of utilizing teaching candidates to provide direct academic, social, and instructional support to the middle…
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Middle School Students
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Zhang, Gaoming; Ridgway, Angelia J.; Sachs, Deb – AILACTE Journal, 2015
This article describes four different mechanisms for preparing teacher candidates from a liberal arts institution to teach in project based learning (PBL) classrooms: Observe it, Experience it, Create it, and Become it. For each of the four mechanisms, the authors also provide concrete examples of candidates' PBL experiences and candidates'…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Models, Preservice Teachers
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Pitre, Charisse Cowan; Curtis, Adrienne; Golash, Ian; Kuzmanich, Kristin; Wenzl, Gretchen – AILACTE Journal, 2008
This paper presents findings of an induction year study of teachers trained in a graduate level social justice teacher education program. At the conclusion of the one-year intensive teacher preparation program, students participated in self-directed group study projects in which they identified and researched critical questions and issues related…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Program Effectiveness, Beginning Teacher Induction, Self Directed Groups
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Eifler, Karen E.; Green, Thomas G. – AILACTE Journal, 2005
This paper explores expressions of marginalization of White preservice teachers serving as academic mentors to Black adolescent males in a unique partnership program. Junior secondary education majors form tri-partite interdisciplinary teams and work with intact groups of Black youth, members of a community-based Black rites of passage program for…
Descriptors: Education Majors, African American Children, African Americans, Preservice Teachers
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Beck, Terence A.; Kline, Christine; Ryken, Amy E.; Hamel, Fred L. – AILACTE Journal, 2004
Program accountability is increasingly important in teacher education. Yet, program accountability often implies reporting quantitative data in an easy-to-understand visual format. Such data can lack validity when numbers are small and they may confuse issues of candidate performance with candidate understanding. In this study, four teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Program Improvement, Focus Groups, Program Effectiveness