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Ashman, Greg; Snow, Pamela – American Educator, 2019
Classroom behavior is a source of anxiety, stress, and distraction for many teachers and is a key reason teachers give for leaving the profession. This often raises questions regarding the extent to which teacher preparation programs and initial teaching placements prepare pre-service teachers for working with students who display challenging…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Behavior Problems, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education
Guha, Roneeta; Hyler, Maria E.; Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 2017
Recruitment and retention challenges are once again leading to teacher shortages across the nation. Especially in urban and rural school districts, low salaries and poor working conditions often contribute to the difficulties of recruiting and keeping teachers, as can the challenges of the work itself. As a consequence, in many schools--especially…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Residential Programs, Program Design
Perkins, Bettye – American Educator, 2016
In a country with an increasing population of nonwhite students, there are far too few teachers of color. The numbers are particularly distressing when it comes to finding male teachers of color, who are essential role models for black boys. As a result, black and Latino children sitting in classrooms with white teachers, day after day and year…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, African American Students
Schwartz, Robert B. – American Educator, 2014
In February 2011 author Robert Schwartz, along with with two colleagues--economist Ronald Ferguson and journalist William Symonds--released a report, "Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century," which was published by Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. When they…
Descriptors: Career Education, Vocational Education, Difficulty Level, Apprenticeships
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2013
Almost 60 years have passed since Dr. James Comer last saw three of his elementary school friends, yet he vividly remembers them. They were African American boys just like him. They, too, came from two-parent homes, and their fathers also worked in the local steel mill. But unlike Comer and his siblings, these three youngsters did not take an…
Descriptors: Psychiatry, Individual Development, Hermeneutics, Child Development
Dunlosky, John – American Educator, 2013
Before the "big test" did you use the following study strategies: highlighting, rereading, and cramming? As students many of us probably did, yet research shows that while these three strategies are commonly used, they have been ineffective in retaining information. Learning strategies have been discussed in almost every textbook on…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Test Preparation, Time Management, Study Skills
Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2013
America was made by and for big ideas. Insofar as big ideas have shaped it, it is ever on the verge of hyperbole and dream. Today's big ideas come with an air of celebrity and accessibility; they glitter with glamour but demand little of the Americans. While they have many manifestations, people see them epitomized in TEDTalks. TED (which stands…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Educational Trends, Educational Change, Poetry
Mirel, Jeffrey – American Educator, 2011
For at least a half century, education reformers have quipped that 120th Street in New York City, the street that separates Teachers College from the rest of Columbia University, "is the widest street in the world." Underlying this quip is the belief that Columbia's liberal arts faculty members regularly dismiss the child-centered educational…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Core Curriculum, Liberal Arts, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Harris, Lauren McArthur; Bain, Robert B. – American Educator, 2011
The authors are conducting studies to determine what knowledge world history teachers need and how they can use it to plan instruction. In this article, they report on a small but in-depth study designed to examine how four pre-service and six in-service world history teachers think about, organize, and make meaning of separate world historical…
Descriptors: World History, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Misconceptions, Teaching Skills
Ball, Deborah Loewenberg; Forzani, Francesca M. – American Educator, 2011
Focusing directly on the development of instructional practice and its effects is not easy. One major shortcoming in the educational infrastructure has been the lack of a common curriculum. A second has been an impoverished approach to supporting teaching practice. These two are related, for any effort to develop and improve teaching is weakened…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness
Sahlberg, Pasi – American Educator, 2011
Since Finland emerged in 2000 as the top-scoring Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nation on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), researchers have been pouring into the country to study the so-called "Finnish miracle." How did a country with an undistinguished education system in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Training, Foreign Countries
Nodine, Thad R. – American Educator, 2011
In 2005, the Hidalgo Independent School District made an ambitious commitment. In partnership with nearby University of Texas-Pan American, the University of Texas System, the Communities Foundation of Texas/Texas High School Project, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the district promised that all of its students, not just a select…
Descriptors: High Schools, Private Schools, College Programs, College Credits
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 2011
Now more than ever, high-quality education for all is a public good that is essential for the good of the public. As the fate of individuals and nations is increasingly interdependent, the quest for access to an equitable, empowering education for all people has become a critical issue for the American nation as a whole. No society can thrive in a…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, College Graduates, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
Rosenbaum, James E.; Stephan, Jennifer L.; Rosenbaum, Janet E. – American Educator, 2010
The vast majority of high school students plan to attend college--and believe that a bachelor's degree all but guarantees them a high-paying job. What many of them don't know is that those who are not well prepared are not likely to graduate. They also don't realize that plenty of career-focused certificates and associate's degrees lead to…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Educational Objectives, Education Work Relationship, Theory Practice Relationship
Newcombe, Nora S. – American Educator, 2010
Spatial thinking--such as visualizing the earth rotating--is crucial to student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since spatial thinking is associated with skill and interest in STEM fields (as well as in other areas, such as art, graphic design, and architecture), the immediate question is whether it can be…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Engineering Education