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Cooper, Patricia M. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2019
This essay addresses two types of disasters that can affect early childhood classrooms, which deserve more attention during teacher preparation. The first includes such natural phenomena as earthquakes and hurricanes, as well man-made events, such as fires and, incredibly, school shootings. They are almost always unexpected and happen in real…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Crisis Management, Natural Disasters, Weapons
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Lees, Anna; Kennedy, Adam S. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2017
The relevance and effectiveness of traditional, course- and clinical-experience-based models of teacher preparation have been called into question, and institutions of teacher education must respond to the changing landscape of educational policy, which increasingly emphasizes that candidates must be prepared for challenges faced in complex,…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Program Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education, Early Childhood Education
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Roggman, Lori A.; Peterson, Carla A.; Chazan-Cohen, Rachel; Ispa, Jean; Decker, Kallie B.; Hughes-Belding, Kere; Cook, Gina A.; Vallotton, Claire D. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2016
Home visitors provide individualized services to families of infants and young children in their homes. Due to their unique role, home visitors must develop a specialized set of critical competencies--specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes. They therefore require preparation that differs in distinct ways from the preparation typically available…
Descriptors: Home Visits, Infants, Toddlers, Higher Education
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Mueller, Jennifer J.; File, Nancy K. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2015
The purpose of this paper is to describe a major revision process to the early childhood teacher education program at our 4-year university. We briefly outline the major policy and standards changes that we have witnessed impacting our work as early childhood teacher educators that were, in part, the impetus for our program changes. We describe…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Educators, Educational Policy
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Kennedy, Adam S.; Heineke, Amy – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
Despite contrasting views on the overlap of early childhood education and teacher education, opportunities abound for expanding the role of early childhood educators in broader teacher education discourse. University-based early childhood education and kindergarten-through-grade-12 teacher education share purposes, philosophies, and resources that…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs, College Role, Universities
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Griess, Carolyn J.; Keat, Jane B. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
Teacher education faculty are experiencing increasingly diverse higher education classrooms. In many ways, the diversities present in collegiate classrooms mirror the differences in classrooms of young children. The diversity may be a result of a range of ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic differences. Or it may be differences resulting from…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, Teacher Education
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Atiles, Julia; Pinholster, Lauren – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2013
This action research article shares the story of a student teacher and the arduous, but rewarding process of self-reflection. The authors integrate real life examples of the implementation of self-reflective strategies of a student teacher with self-efficacy, teacher life cycle, and effectiveness literature to analyze the student teacher's…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Action Research, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs
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Lamorey, Suzanne – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2013
Less than one third of early childhood educators have a bachelor's degree, yet national indicators of high-quality early childhood program standards emphasize the importance of higher education for these practitioners. In order to adequately serve and retain these nontraditional learners as they strive to earn their degrees, teacher education…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Education, Adventure Education, Teacher Education
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Appl, Dolores J.; Yorde, Susan L. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2005
In this article two teacher educators describe an approach they have used with preservice early childhood and early childhood special education majors. They explain how the approach that they call "stories about teaching" resembles, yet differs from case study methods. The authors explain the process they used to develop, pilot, and use stories…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Education Majors, Young Children, Teacher Educators
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Apple, Peggy – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2004
The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) professional development movement, community college students' emerging intentionality, and the role of two- and four-year higher education faculty intersect in a proactive model proposed by the author that advocates ECEC community college programs separate from the vocational tradition and establishes…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Role, College Faculty, Professional Development
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Catapano, Susan – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2004
Through the use of a long-term project in a graduate teacher education course on the importance of play, students learned skills beyond those usually required in a graduate classroom. Students used their understanding and knowledge of play, constructive practice, and project work to develop a family play day at the university lab school. As part…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teacher Education, Student Projects, Play
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Sorrels, Barbara; Norris, Deborah; Sheeran, Linda – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2004
Constructivist education, based on the theories of Piaget and Vygotsky, advocates an approach to curriculum and teaching that is student centered, inquiry based, integrated and intellectually engaging. One teaching strategy that provides such an experience is the Project Approach, reflective of the pedagogy of John Dewey and introduced as a model…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Constructivism (Learning), Active Learning, Student Projects