Search results for: Smith Stephanie Z.
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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
Providing Space for Elementary Prospective Teachers' Viewpoints on Mathematics Content Courses: A Two-Dimensional Model of Learning
This case study examined the experiences of two groups of 12 elementary prospective teachers completing distinct mathematics content courses. The findings reveal perspectives on knowing, learning, and teaching mathematics as experienced in the context of these courses. The prospective teachers' mathematical beliefs and affect also emerged as key findings, coupled with the quantitative data revealing differences in specialized content knowledge for teaching mathematics. Two salient dimensions emerged as promoting learning in the courses: caring classroom practices and curricular relevance.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2016
The purpose of this study was to identify, describe, and analyze the changes in one college of education, including programs, policies, and practices related to partnership reform efforts. The primary question was as follows: What changes do persons in the educational system perceive as a result of their involvement in PDS work? To begin this study, the authors reviewed the extant research on changes resulting from PDS work. The authors then considered Bronfenbrenner's (1979) theory of ecological influence to provide a framework for understanding the various perspectives provided by participants in differing roles at the university.
Updated: Jul. 09, 2009
A Longitudinal Study of Effects of A Developmental Teacher Preparation Program on Elementary Prospective Teachers’ Mathematics Beliefs
This is a longitudinal, mixed methods study. It presents a thorough examination of the effects of a distinctive teacher preparation program on important constructs related to prospective teacher preparedness to teach mathematics for understanding, including mathematics pedagogical and teaching efficacy beliefs, mathematics anxiety, and specialized content knowledge for teaching mathematics. The results indicate that the programmatic features experienced by the prospective teachers in this study, including a developmental two-course mathematics methods sequence and coordinated developmental field placements, provided a context supporting teacher change.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009