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McCadden, Brian; Rose, Martha – AILACTE Journal, 2008
The school-aged population continues to diversify, yet the student body at small liberal arts teacher preparation programs generally does not. To help prepare our socioculturally homogeneous students to teach a more diverse student body, we developed a three-tiered approach that includes a diversity model integrated across the curriculum, an…
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Teaching Methods, Multicultural Education, Instructional Effectiveness
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Woolworth, Stephen – AILACTE Journal, 2008
Little is known about the kind of learning that occurs when teachers' professional development is situated at the intersection between university coursework, school practices and the lived realities of local communities. This study explores five years of data from a graduate seminar for inservice teachers, which examines how schools are situated…
Descriptors: Policy Analysis, Inservice Teacher Education, Interviews, Portfolio Assessment
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Morgan, Peter W. – AILACTE Journal, 2008
This study examines the preparation of preservice elementary teaching candidates in science content and methods courses and the relationship of their coursework to future teaching. One-hundred-five undergraduate elementary education majors participated in the study. Data was gathered through the completion of a background questionnaire and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lederhouse, Jillian N. – AILACTE Journal, 2008
Although high-needs schools rarely provide extensive scaffolding for beginning educators, liberal arts colleges that are committed to the moral and intellectual development of teachers can serve a pivotal role in helping their candidates choose such schools and commit to serving in them for the long term. This article describes ways in which…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Intellectual Development, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Dobkins, Linda Harris; Justice-Crickmer, Janet; Thompson, E. H. – AILACTE Journal, 2008
Teacher preparation in the Commonwealth of Virginia requires numerous competencies. Faced with the challenges of creating a new general education core, faculty at Emory & Henry College exploited the synergies of the new program, teacher preparation competency requirements and the literature on effective teachers to reinforce a 172-year-old…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Liberal Arts, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Competency Testing
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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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Powell, Beverlee-Ann; Szlosek, Peggy; Flaherty, Thomas; Ryan, Lynne – AILACTE Journal, 2007
Preparing college supervisors/cooperating teachers to support teacher candidates' performance using standards is a challenge for teacher preparation programs. This paper will describe a professional development program collaboratively developed by representatives of the state department of education, institutions of higher education, and K-12…
Descriptors: Accountability, Cooperating Teachers, Supervisors, State Standards
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Carroll, James B.; Morrell, Patricia D.; Eifler, Karen E. – AILACTE Journal, 2007
Federal educational technology grant coordinators from seven small liberal arts colleges were interviewed to determine the ways in which technology had been infused in teacher education programs over the life of the grant. Substantive integration of technology had occurred in each of the schools. Traditional change models were unable to explain…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Change Agents, Technology Integration, Organizational Change
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Justice-Crickmer, Janet; Thompson, E. H. – AILACTE Journal, 2007
Arthur Levine's (2006) study of teacher preparation in the United States and his resulting controversial recommendations have increased the need for teacher educators in independent institutions to share insights into designing and implementing effective degree programs. To that end, this article highlights aspects of an innovative M.A. Ed.…
Descriptors: Specialists, Instructional Design, Masters Programs, Reading Instruction
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Wakefield, Dara – AILACTE Journal, 2007
Teachers, and those who prepare them, struggle to balance test-centered legislative mandates and conscientious professional practices. Increasingly, professional judgment may be at variance with federal testing guidelines. Present federal testing requirements, if strictly followed, will retain a significant number of students in grade resulting in…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, Guidelines, Federal Regulation
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Gnadinger, Cindy Meyers – AILACTE Journal, 2006
The face of teacher education is rapidly changing. Teacher shortages, legislative changes, and adult career changers have prompted colleges and universities across the nation to develop new programs or redesign existing programs for teacher preparation. For universities, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program has emerged as the panacea for…
Descriptors: Masters Degrees, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Program Development
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Drexler, James L. – AILACTE Journal, 2006
Research, reports and studies all confirm the fact that American schools are facing a crisis: not enough teachers to fill positions in schools. One critical component of this crisis is the fact that many newer teachers to the profession quit after only one or two years. A common factor for many of those new teachers who quit is the lack of…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Shortage, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction
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Hamel, Fred L.; Ryken, Amy E.; King, Jennice; Kokich, Mary; Lay, Olga – AILACTE Journal, 2006
What defines a strong connection between university and school-based experiences for a small teacher education program? This paper explores the creation of "intentional partnerships," which involves the systematic crossing of multiple voices (preservice, mentor, university professor, principal, supervisor) to build mutual understandings across…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, College School Cooperation
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Schlichte, Jacqueline; Stroud, James; Girdley, Donna – AILACTE Journal, 2006
Numbers of At-risk students are rising in the public classrooms of our day. Standardized testing is a reality that is clearly defining the great chasm that stands between the performance of these children and what is expected of their age mates. Public junior and senior high schools face the quandary: How are At-risk students to be aided in their…
Descriptors: Teaching Styles, At Risk Students, Academic Standards, Teacher Student Relationship
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Ference, Ruth – AILACTE Journal, 2006
Cross-cultural experiences in teacher education are an important part of multicultural education because they allow preservice teachers to examine their world view and develop culturally sensitive dispositions critical for teaching in our diverse society. Research has shown that effective cross-cultural experiences can lead to personal…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Multicultural Education
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