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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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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
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