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Whitworth, Jerry; Deering, Thomas; Jones, Steve; Hardy, Sam – Professional Educator, 2016
Persistent and consistent criticism of our nation's educational system has increased pressure on school districts and teacher education programs to improve the quality of teachers in our public schools. While there is research regarding the characteristics of effective teachers, the difficulty is often in identifying and hiring those teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Characteristics
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Breault, Rick A. – Professional Educator, 2013
Given the powerful influence of past school experiences on the ways in which future teachers decide to teach, it is important to help preservice teachers more deliberately and critically explore the implications of those influences. This study grew out of an assignment in which 38 secondary education majors were asked to describe high school…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness
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Fayne, Harriet; Matthews, Isha Trammell – Professional Educator, 2010
A midwestern urban school district received a Teacher Quality Enhancement (TQE) grant from the U.S. Office of Education to deliver specialized middle-level urban teacher preparation. Five colleges and universities and the school district participated in the 5-year project. This article describes the first course in the TQE "urban strand." The…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education, School Districts, Urban Schools
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
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Gilbert, Michael B. – Professional Educator, 2005
Most students prefer visual input--through normal development or instructional reinforcement--yet, most teachers provide information to be taken in by listening. This mismatch can confound the learning process. To determine how well teachers listen and what their teaching/learning preferences might be, more than 200 educators provided data about…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Needs, Teacher Effectiveness, Personality Traits
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Bray-Clark, Nikki; Bates, Reid – Professional Educator, 2003
In an era of increasing accountability demands for teachers and students professional development will be the key to success in school reform initiatives as administrators struggle with improving the current teaching force. Research has shown that teacher efficacy is an important variable in teacher effectiveness that is consistently related to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Beliefs, Professional Development
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Nietfeld, John – Professional Educator, 2002
Describes schema representation, an authentic summative assessment tool for assessing preservice teachers' mental models for teaching. Schema representations require students to integrate and synthesize what they have learned in class and create a representation of how they plan to use their new knowledge in the classroom. They elaborate on the…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education
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Henson, Robin K.; Bennett, D. Tyson; Sienty, Sara F.; Chambers, Sharon M. – Professional Educator, 2002
Examined a new model of teacher efficacy that proposed to more clearly define important variables and integrate two theoretical traditions. Task analysis and both global and context specific efficacy were measured in emergency certification teachers. Results indicated mixed support for the model with an observed need for measurement precision of…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Self Efficacy
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McCormack, Ann Carolyn – Professional Educator, 2001
Examined the impact of a reflective, research oriented internship program on the development of preservice teachers' classroom management beliefs. Survey data indicated that program participation impacted both personal and general efficacy as well as beliefs about classroom management style. There were significant gender differences in…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Internship Programs
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Knowles, J. Gary; Cole, Ardra L. – Professional Educator, 1994
Presents a rationale for the self-study of professional practice and illustrates how the inquiry process can help make sense of professorial practice in education. Excerpts are included from life history interviews, individual and collective reflective writing, and electronic mail exchanges to explore the role of questioning in developing…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Higher Education, Inquiry, Preservice Teacher Education
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Shannon, David M. – Professional Educator, 1994
Reports a study that investigated the effects of professional coursework and clinical experience on the development of preservice teachers' knowledge. Surveys supported the contribution of professional coursework to the development of pedagogical knowledge but showed limited support for the contribution of student teaching. (SM)
Descriptors: College Students, Education Courses, Education Majors, Educational Research