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High-Stakes Assessment in an Elementary Teacher Preparation Program: A Case Study of Multiple Stakeholders
In response to increased accountability demands placed on teacher preparation programs across the US, some programs are using standardized teacher performance assessments, such as edTPA. A recent mandate for this study’s elementary teacher preparation program is teacher candidates’ successful completion of edTPA for teacher certification. A case study design explored the experiences and views of multiple stakeholders (instructors, supervisors, administrators, teacher candidates, and cooperating teachers, N = 60) as they engaged in edTPA. Data were collected via two surveys and individual interviews. The effects of edTPA were visible across the data in a variety of ways, as stakeholders found the assessment overwhelming, often taking precedence because of its high-stakes nature. Changes were questioned, as this program was already held in high regard and produced high-quality teachers prepared for urban school contexts. Analysis of the interview data revealed three themes: Assets of edTPA, edTPA-produced Changes, and Not a Fair Measure.
Updated: Sep. 23, 2021
Cross-Cultural Immersion in China: Preparing Pre-Service Elementary Teachers to Work with Diverse Student Populations in the United States
This qualitative study examined ten American elementary pre-service teachers' teaching and learning experiences in China. Five themes emerged from the data analysis: understanding and respecting Chinese culture; developing empathetic dispositions towards non-English speaking students; exchanging teaching strategies and resources; reflecting on professional and personal growth; and initiating a proactive stance as culturally responsive change agents.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2009
A Two-Dimensional Model of Teacher Retention and Mobility: Classroom Teachers and Their University Partners Take a Closer Look at a Vexing Problem
This mixed-methods study is a teacher-initiated, collaborative inquiry involving a professional development school (PDS) and a university. The examination focused on teachers’ perceptions of teacher retention and mobility at their PDS. Participants were 134 teachers at a large, suburban elementary school in the southeastern United States.The findings clustered around two primary dimensions: (a) congruency of teachers’ beliefs and practices with organizational norms and (b) teachers’ relational needs and administrators’ willingness and ability to meet such needs.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2009