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Ostinelli, Giorgio – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
This is a reflection on a case of in-service teacher education. Two Swiss teachers, assisted by a change agent, were developing an innovative teaching approach, inspired by Wiggins & McTighe's methodology Understanding by Design (UbD). While one developed a real understanding and mastery of this approach--improving therefore his professional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Motivation, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Design
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Ashley, Jason – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
Teacher preparation evaluation has expanded rapidly since 1998, pushed by "failing" rhetoric adopted by many educational leaders, such as Michelle Rhee, founder of the Students First organization. Led by the ideas and arguments put forth by Diane Ravitch, others think that there is too much focus on red herrings and that there are, in…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Theory Practice Relationship
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Brown, Carmen Sherry – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
Comprehensive early childhood teacher preparation programs offer courses and curricula that are aligned with current research on best practices and related to the knowledge and skills that early childhood teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate on certification exams and teacher performance assessments. To support the alignment of early…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Career Readiness, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Sierk, Jessica – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
Many communities across the United States have been undergoing recent demographic changes. Since the 1980s, low-skilled labor (e.g. meatpacking) has attracted Latino families to settle in communities that historically have been home to few, if any, Latinos (i.e. the New Latino Diaspora). In more recent years, these same job opportunities have also…
Descriptors: Religion, Literacy, Immigrants, Hispanic Americans
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Dailey, Ardella; Harris, Margaret; Plough, Bobbie; Porfilio, Brad; Winkelman, Peg – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
The task of guiding the development of scholar-practitioners as leaders for social justice is inherently challenging. The dissertation journey, unlike any other journey practitioner-based doctoral students face in urban school settings, provides a steep learning curve as they transition from practitioner to scholar-practitioner. This journey…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Graduate Students, Social Justice, Case Studies
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Hayes, Shirley – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
Working and researching in a Reggio-inspired preschool for one year allowed me to witness repeated rituals of schooling, especially the walk-around-the-candle birthday ceremony. In this paper, I focus on the importance of ritual to human endeavors and share the educational, transformational, and caring quality that these rituals hold for children…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Reggio Emilia Approach, Teaching Methods, Caring
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Harte, Helene Arbouet; Jones, Melissa M.; Wray, Francis – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
With the goal of raising awareness of child slavery and devastation of the natural environment in Haiti, while simultaneously supporting active teaching strategies, a team of educators collaborated to develop The Respecting Haiti curriculum. Following development of the curriculum, representatives from the team facilitated curriculum training with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Teamwork, Journal Writing
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Russello, Camille M.; Henry, Julie – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
The purpose of this pilot was to examine the effectiveness of the practice of providing opportunities for undergraduate elementary education teacher candidates to explore the campus library curriculum center as a group regularly during class time. During their visits, teacher candidates were guided in selecting and analyzing children's literature…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Academic Libraries, Elementary Education, Class Activities
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Angelaccio, Donald S.; Miskovic, Maja – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
In this paper a former middle school principal and his dissertation chair look back at the research process envisioned and carried out against the neo-positivist grain aggressively put forward by the government and espoused in school districts across the United States. We revisit the meaning of data and show how they emerged from the paradigmatic…
Descriptors: Principals, Data Analysis, Middle Schools, Doctoral Dissertations
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Shea, Mary – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This article outlines a rational for responsive, differentiated writing instruction that targets students' identified needs with respect to various dimensions of the writing process. Discussed is a cycle that requires ongoing assessment, instructional decision-making, responsive, differentiated instruction, guided practice, and assessment.…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Writing Instruction, Student Needs, Authors
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Green, Tanya R.; Allen, Mishaleen – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This quantitative causal-comparative study compared perceptions of professional development opportunities between high-achieving and low-achieving elementary-middle school teachers in an urban school district using the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI). A total of 271 teachers participated including 134 (n = 134) teachers from high-achieving…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Urban Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Riggie, Allison; Metzen, Lauren; Goodrich, Julie; Yorio, Whitney; Poloncarz, Kasey; Rose, David; Walker, Joshua; Ceprano, Maria – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
Teacher candidates who worked with small groups of children during a semester long pre-student teaching practicum developed four point rubrics for each of the lesson plans they created on a weekly basis. The scope of this practicum is discussed along with an action research project pertaining to the rubric assessments they utilized. Findings…
Descriptors: Action Research, Scoring Rubrics, Preservice Teachers, Practicums
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Huss, John; Eastep, Shannon – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This action research study explored attitudes and expectations of faculty at a Midwestern university who taught at least one fully online course during 2014. The study focused on instructor perceptions toward and experiences with web-based instruction, particularly in the critical areas of assessment and feedback; course organization; interaction…
Descriptors: Action Research, Online Courses, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty
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Chandler-Olcott, Kelly; Hinchman, Kathleen – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This article reports on a middle school literacy intervention implemented during a yearlong teacher-researcher collaboration. The purpose of this collaboration was to combine and adjust commonly recommended pedagogical approaches to address the literacy needs of a heterogeneous group of seventh graders attending an urban school. University…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Literacy Education, Middle School Teachers, Educational Research
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Michaud, Nicolas – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
The fact that "philosophy," to many people, is just a mysterious word that brings to mind images of white beards and mysticism is no surprise. Contemporary society seem to have little reason to value a field devoted to ideas rather than production. Simply, philosophy is impractical, a distraction from the important world of growing an…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Theory Practice Relationship
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