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Noel, Andrea M. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
As of May 2014, all candidates for teacher certification in New York State must successfully complete the teacher performance assessment (edTPA). This article describes an assignment piloted in an early childhood literacy class as an embedded signature assessment and has three goals: to explain the context that led to the development of the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Performance Based Assessment
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Recchia, Susan L.; Beck, Lisa M. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
This article is part of a larger exploratory study that followed preservice early childhood teachers through their program and into their first year of practice, giving voice to their understandings of quality teaching and learning, and insight into the ways their preservice program prepared them for the challenges of teaching in diverse settings.…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes, Reflective Teaching
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Batchelor, Katherine E.; Morgan, Denise N.; Kidder-Brown, Melanie K.; Zimmerman, Belinda S. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to better understand the learning opportunities within a university writing methods course centering on a unit of study experience. Specifically, we wanted to investigate what early childhood education preservice teachers (PSTs) learn about poetry and the writing process when engaged in a poetry unit of study. Our…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Writing Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Fenton, Angela; McFarland-Piazza, Laura – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
This article explores the potential of tailoring the inherent principles of the Strengths Approach (McCashen, 2005) for preparing early childhood educators to work with children and families with complex needs. The term "Strengths Approach" (capitalized) is presented in the article as the name of a specific approach developed by St.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Baecher, Laura; Jewkes, Abigail M. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
Preparing early childhood educators to support effective instruction of English language learners (ELLs) is an important dimension of teacher preparation programs, yet often difficult to enact. This article reports on a collaboration between early childhood education (ECE) faculty and teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, English Language Learners, English (Second Language)
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Hu, Bi Ying; Zhou, Yisu; Li, Kejian – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
This study compared Chinese kindergarten teachers' values and perceptions of program quality with trained raters' assessments of quality in order to gain insights into effective professional development for improving teacher quality. A total of 284 Chinese kindergarten teachers self-assessed the quality of their classroom teaching and rated their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Values
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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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Fenty, Nicole S.; Anderson, Elizabeth McKendry – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
Technology has been shown to foster children's motivation and interest in instructional materials. In addition, researchers have found that technology results in higher levels of student engagement and greater levels of comprehension. Researchers have also found that educators must have the knowledge and skills in technology necessary to…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Technology Integration, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development
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Ammentorp, Louise; Madden, Lauren – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
Recent calls for change in teacher preparation programs stress the importance of field experience and the need for preservice teachers to have ample opportunities for peer collaboration and feedback. The paired placement model, with two preservice teachers working with one cooperating teacher, has shown to provide many benefits. However, the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Cooperating Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Early Childhood Education
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Roser, Nancy; Hoffman, James; Wetzel, Melissa; Price-Dennis, Detra; Peterson, Katie; Chamberlain, Katharine – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
This qualitative study was conducted in the context of a preservice teacher education program with a focus on early literacy. The study focused on the insights preservice teachers gained from working closely beside one emergent writer. The authors report on six focus cases and identify five cross-case themes--describing preservice teachers who (a)…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Preservice Teachers, Emergent Literacy, Beginning Writing
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Stanton-Chapman, Tina L.; Walker, Virginia; Jamison, Kristen R. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
The current study evaluated the peer-to-peer interactions of at-risk children enrolled in Head Start who participated in a social pragmatic intervention targeting skills such as initiations, responses, name use, proximity, and turn-taking skills. Eight Head Start classroom teams received two workshops and two coaching sessions and were taught to…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers
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La Paro, Karen M.; Scott-Little, Catherine; Ejimofor, Anurika; Sumrall, Teressa; Kintner-Duffy, Victoria L.; Pianta, Robert C.; Burchinal, Margaret; Hamre, Bridget; Downer, Jason; Howes, Carollee – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2014
Recent surveys have provided some guidance and recommendations for the student teaching component in early childhood teacher preparation, but specific information on the focus of supervision and evaluation of student teachers is limited. The current study surveyed 128 early childhood programs in 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education…
Descriptors: State Surveys, Feedback (Response), Early Childhood Education, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Huss-Keeler, Rebecca; Peters, Michelle; Moss, Joy Marie – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2013
The field of early care and education has been challenged to raise the level of quality for young children by increasing the number of practitioners with college degrees. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of early care and education professionals working in the field and enrolled in community college early childhood classes,…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Preschool Children, Early Childhood Education, Student Attitudes
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Baum, Angela C.; Korth, Byran B. – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2013
A significant focus in the literature related to the preparation of early childhood teachers is the increasing emphasis on quality field-based experiences. Central to the effectiveness of these experiences is a cooperating teacher who is prepared with the necessary skills to provide prospective teachers with a powerful learning opportunity.…
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Cooperating Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs
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New, Rebecca – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2013
Elizabeth Peabody, a radical feminist, used early 19th-century ideas of the "woman's sphere" to suggest that a career in early childhood education was "the ideal solution to the problem of what educated American women should do with their lives," and she credited Froebel's "genius" in identifying a way in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Educational Development, Intellectual History
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