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Davis, Allison; Griffith, Robin; Bauml, Michelle – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2019
Decision-making is essential for the work of teaching. Preservice teachers must learn to leverage knowledge about young readers' strengths, needs, and interests in order to plan and teach guided reading lessons skillfully. However, limited research examines preservice teachers' decision-making based on what they know about individual children. In…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Decision Making, Directed Reading Activity, Reading Instruction
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Moore, Holly Carrell; Adair, Jennifer Keys – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2015
In this article we share descriptive findings from two qualitative, grounded theory (Glaser, 1978, 1992, 1998) studies on how two distinct groups of learners--prekindergarteners and preservice teachers in early childhood education coursework--used touch-screen tablets in their playful, discovery-based learning processes. We found similarities…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preschool Children, Handheld Devices, Interpersonal Relationship
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Riojas-Cortez, Mari; Alanis, Iliana; Flores, Belinda Bustos – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2013
Professional development, which results in sustained transformative change, requires that teachers engage in critical reflection regarding teaching practices. In this study, a group of five bilingual and generalist early childhood teachers engaged in a journey in which they elected to try to reconstruct their beliefs and practices about teaching…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Professional Development, Educational Change, Young Children
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Nicholson, Shelley; Reifel, Stuart – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore child care teachers' perceptions of their initial preservice and in-service training experiences. Eighteen child care teachers working in six for-profit centers were interviewed. Based on the participants' responses, the findings are organized in two themes. First, because many of them entered the field…
Descriptors: Child Care, Teacher Attitudes, Interviews, Inservice Teacher Education
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Sherwood, Sara A. S.; Reifel, Stuart – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
This basic qualitative study explores preservice teachers' beliefs about what constitutes play. Research for this study focused on 7 preservice teachers enrolled in an early childhood through Grade 4 practicum course at a small private university in south central Texas. The findings of this study indicate that both on an individual and group level…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Play, Early Childhood Education
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Brown, Christopher P.; Feger, Beth Smith – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
Federal, state, and local policy makers' high-stakes standards-based accountability reforms are transforming the early childhood teacher education process. These reforms affect how early education teacher candidates figure their role as teachers. By employing Holland, Lachicotte, Skinner, and Cain's conception of figured worlds to analyze the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Educators, Teacher Role
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Autry, Mary Murray; Lee, Joohi; Fox, Jill – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2009
One hundred forty-nine teacher candidates participated in a yearlong study to investigate what a well-prepared early childhood teacher candidate knows about teaching and learning. This study provides findings on assessments used to determine candidates' knowledge of pedagogy at program entry and exit. The general question this study explored was:…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Classroom Environment, Preservice Teachers, Pretests Posttests
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Thornton, Jenifer S.; Crim, Courtney L.; Hawkins, Jacqueline – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2009
Mathematics is a natural part of daily life for young children as they explore and investigate the world around them. To build on these experiences, and to begin establishing a mathematical foundation, early childhood educators must not only be knowledgeable about mathematical concepts, they must also be aware of the most developmentally…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Disabilities, Young Children
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Goldstein, Lisa S. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2008
Kindergarten has undergone dramatic changes since the implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002. The literature on the challenges facing kindergarten teachers as a result of NCLB focuses primarily on curricular and instructional issues; little attention has been paid to NCLB's impact on the relational aspects of kindergarten teaching,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Primary Education, Federal Legislation, Kindergarten
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Sutterby, John A. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2005
This paper examines the interactions between teachers and children based on a micro-ethnographic study of an early childhood classroom in which the teacher attempts to scaffold children's learning. The attempts at scaffolding are subverted by children as they resist the teacher's endeavors to modify their play. Teacher's attempts at scaffolding,…
Descriptors: Play, Ethnography, Teacher Student Relationship, Preschool Children