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Isik-Ercan, Zeynep; Kang, Hyun-Young; Rodgers, Adrian – Professional Educator, 2017
In this three-year longitudinal qualitative case study, the authors investigate a) the emergence of the professional supervisor identity, and b) the dynamics of evolving supervision practices by analyzing the case of two female supervisors from international backgrounds working within an early childhood education (P-3) program in a large…
Descriptors: Clinical Experience, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Longitudinal Studies
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Lee, Young Ah; Chen, Shwu-Meei; Chang, Chen-Ni; Yoneda, Fusako – Professional Educator, 2017
This study used qualitative case study methods to investigate how a particular community of practice located in a Midwest university influenced the M.Ed./PDS graduates' perceptions of working with diverse students. We use the term multicultural education to refer to the orientations and practices of the M.Ed. program and how the graduates thought…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Communities of Practice, Student Diversity, Qualitative Research
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Won, Noelle – Professional Educator, 2017
This manuscript focuses on practical questions in a study that describes the perceptions of four teachers at the beginning stages of Common Core Mathematics implementation in a historically underperforming school district. The overarching goal was to understand the collaborative inquiry experience in a lesson study that focused on teaching the…
Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Skills, Teacher Attitudes, Common Core State Standards
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Kent, Andrea M.; Giles, Rebecca M. – Professional Educator, 2016
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a field component that was merged with a new teacher preparation curriculum so that at the completion of the program the undergraduate candidates could be recommended for both K-6 general and special education certification. An examination of the data reveals that the program is…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Curriculum, Undergraduate Study
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Quebec Fuentes, Sarah; Spice, Loren – Professional Educator, 2015
In this paper, we describe the second year of a multi-year project that we developed to foster collaboration between high school teachers and university undergraduates. The project incorporates specific tools that help partners find an approach to collaboration that is right for them, allowing it to offer more flexibility than traditional…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Barriers, High Schools, College School Cooperation
Myers, Edward L. – Professional Educator, 2014
Within the realm of K-12 education, instability is an inherent feature that school leaders must successfully manage. "Turbulence," in the form of micro-level issues (day-to-day, in-house happenings) and macro-level concerns (externally imposed organizational disturbances/changes), develops indiscriminately and may escalate quickly…
Descriptors: Public Schools, High Schools, Principals, Educational Change
Colwell, Chris; MacIsaac, Doug; Tichenor, Mercedes; Heins, Bette; Piechura, Kathy – Professional Educator, 2014
Professional development school partnerships can improve teaching and learning in our schools. To support these partnerships, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) developed standards for professional development schools. In this article, we address the questions, "What NCATE standards work from the point of…
Descriptors: Professional Development Schools, Sustainability, Partnerships in Education, Benchmarking
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Scales, Roya – Professional Educator, 2013
This is a study of teachers' visions. Five participants were followed through their pre-service years in the teacher education program and into their first year of teaching to see if their vision was sustained and whether it appeared in their practice. This paper describes the coding process for visions and discusses changes that occurred in the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Reading Teachers, Goal Orientation
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Vaughn, Margaret; Faircloth, Beverly – Professional Educator, 2013
Across the nation, educators continue to face challenges as they work to individualize instruction to meet the specific needs of their students. However, theory suggests that teachers who possess a clear vision for teaching creatively weave their personal convictions for teaching with instructional practices. Drawing upon a teacher's (first…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Creativity, Reading Instruction, Class Activities
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Wong, Chiu-Yin – Professional Educator, 2012
Previous research studies have indicated that some educators do not advocate Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) because of their misunderstanding of the methodology. This article explores the relationship between college-level second language (L2) educators' perceptions and their implementations of CLT. The results of this study show that the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Languages, Communicative Competence (Languages), Language Teachers
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Lee, Young Ah – Professional Educator, 2011
To better prepare teacher candidates to teach for social justice, teacher educators need to know students' understandings of social justice embedded in their personal histories and past and current learning experiences. Using participatory action research, this study examines how 6 early childhood (grades pre-K-3) teacher candidates understood and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Action Research, Young Children, Teacher Education Programs
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Hur, Jung Won; Suh, Suhyun – Professional Educator, 2010
The purposes of this paper are to explain the development processes of an intensive summer program for English language learners and to discuss course improvement strategies based on the evaluation outcomes. This 60-hr partnership program between local schools and a university was developed to improve the language proficiency of increasing numbers…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Standardized Tests
Romano, Molly; Gibson, Peggy – Professional Educator, 2006
An in-depth examination of an elementary beginning teacher's successes and struggles was conducted to provide insight into the demands placed upon her from teacher responsibilities, her school, the students in her classroom and their parents, as well as the pressures from personal goals and setbacks. Monthly open-ended interviews and a…
Descriptors: Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Effectiveness, Beginning Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
Davis, Barbara H.; Waite, Susan Field – Professional Educator, 2006
This paper describes a school/university graduate induction program that has provided support to beginning teachers since 1994. A 10-year follow-up study of program graduates was recently conducted to examine these questions: (a) How many graduates are still in the education profession? (b) How many have remained in the classroom? and (c) What are…
Descriptors: Graduate Surveys, Professional Development Schools, Beginning Teacher Induction, Program Effectiveness
McKinney, Sueanne E.; Robinson, Jack; Spooner, Melba – Professional Educator, 2004
The purpose of this investigation was to determine if there was a difference in the development of effective urban teacher characteristics between student interns placed in either an urban Professional Development School environment or an urban non-Professional Development School environment. Student interns in urban universities with partnerships…
Descriptors: Teacher Interns, Urban Teaching, Teacher Characteristics, Professional Development Schools