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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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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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Adair, Jennifer Keys – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2011
The immigrant teacher perspective has been largely missing from local and national debates on early childhood pedagogy and has certainly been marginalized in debates about language in early childhood settings. Interviews with dozens of preschool teachers in multiple U.S. cities about children of immigrants' language choices at school (as part of…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Early Childhood Education, Consciousness Raising, Preschool Teachers
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Thompson, Josh; Stryker, Aggie – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
How do college professors prepare for class? Teachers often approach the lesson planning process differently. Some, though quite different in their methods, come out with remarkably similar results. Two highly effective teachers engaged each other in peer-reflection as they explored their own methods of lesson preparation. As they conferred with…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Educators, Teaching Methods
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Nickel, Jodi; Sutherby, Linda; Garrow-Oliver, Susan – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
This article describes challenging practicum situations that provided three early childhood education students with leadership opportunities to promote best practices in child care centers. Using excerpts from student journals and meetings, the article documents students' initial discouragement at practices observed, inspiration through…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Practicums, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teachers
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Mueller, Jennifer J.; Wisneski, Debora B.; File, Nancy – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2010
The process for change undertaken by one early childhood teacher preparation program is described. While the changes were spurred in part by increasing emphases on standards and assessment systems, faculty noted concerns with how this framed the program and with how students negotiated learning in this system. After describing these concerns, the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Education Programs, Alignment (Education)
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Hassett, Dawnene D. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2009
Early childhood education (PK-2) has become a site of increasing accountability, with the attempt to normalize instruction through "scientifically based" reading programs. The use of authentic children's literature for early literacy instruction is often pushed aside in lieu of highly scripted commercial programs. As early childhood teacher…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Accountability, Early Reading, Reading Achievement
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Priest, Cheryl – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2007
Several major goals of early childhood professionals are to help children learn to work with others, care for others, verbalize feelings, support friends, show kindness and exhibit other character skills and traits. When these life skills are lacking, it affects the ways in which children interact with one another and form relationships with peers…
Descriptors: Altruism, Early Childhood Education, Values Education, Teacher Educators
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DiCarlo, Cynthia F.; Burts, Diane C.; Buchanan, Teresa K.; Aghayan, Carol; Benedict, Joan – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2007
This article describes how early childhood teacher education faculty at one university responded in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and used the disaster to enhance their undergraduate and graduate programs. They explain how they modeled developmentally appropriate practices while responding to community needs. Four companion articles…
Descriptors: Community Needs, Teacher Education Programs, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Teacher Educators
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Chiasson, Kari; Yearwood, Jo-Anne; Olsen, Glenn – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2006
As more children with disabilities are served in early childhood settings, preservice training programs have a responsibility to provide future early childhood educators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to actively participate as a team member in meeting the needs of young children with disabilities. This article provides a description…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses
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Wolfe, Randi B. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2006
If preservice teachers are to be capably prepared to meet the challenges of classroom and community diversity, teacher educators have a responsibility to address the full range of diversity issues in teacher preparation coursework, despite controversial or political overtones that may exist. Among these issues is that of considering and responding…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Homosexuality, Resource Materials, Teacher Education Curriculum
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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