Jul. 14, 2009
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July 14, 2009 International Portal of Teacher Education
July 2009
Featured Items
Reframing Professional Development Through Understanding Authentic Professional Learning
The author critiques the current professional development (PD) literature through a review of recent literature across professions. She proposes an alternative conceptualization, based on philosophical assumptions congruent with evidence about professional learning from seminal educational research of the past two decades. She concludes by considering implications for practice and future research possibilities extending from reconceptualizing PD and understanding more about authentic professional learning.
Impact of an Action Research Instructional Model: Student Teachers as Reflective Thinkers
In an effort to promote a critical reflective stance in the beginning teacher, this study developed an instructional model for preservice teachers at the undergraduate level. The authors' assumptions were that this assignment would help student teachers develop a readiness to engage in professional inquiry and that it would foster the development of a professional practice based on a critical reflective stance. The sample consisted of students in two sections of a student teaching seminar course taken during their last semester of undergraduate course work.
Evaluating Video Models of Evidence-Based Instructional Practices to Enhance Teacher Learning
In an attempt to address the research to practice gap, the authors developed and evaluated a process for creating and applying video models of effective practices for teacher education. The purpose of the project was to develop an effective process for creating video models of exemplary instructional practices in reading, math, and science. The project was a collaborative endeavor across three Florida university sites. Video models of strategies were field tested with preservice and practicing teachers working with diverse student populations. The authors present field-test data that demonstrate the influence of video modeling on teacher learning.
An Analysis of the Outcomes of a Unified Teacher Preparation Program
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which teacher candidates are successful in meeting the needs of all students, including those with disabilities.Units of 20 teacher candidates were examined to determine: (a) the learning demonstrated by students with disabilities; and, (b) the teaching models and strategies used by the teacher candidates. Evidence of student learning was determined through analysis of disaggregated data from class-wide results.
Understanding Technology Adoption: Theory and Future Directions for Informal Learning
This paper examines individuals' computing adoption processes through the lenses of three adoption theories: Rogers's innovation diffusion theory, the Concerns-Based Adoption Model, the Technology Acceptance Model, and the United Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology. Therefore, the question this paper seeks to understand is this: Can any one of these theories (or a combination of theories) bring meaning and understanding to why an individual chooses to adopt or reject a particular innovation (and in particular a technology-based innovation)?
Diversity: Gatekeeping Knowledge and Maintaining Inequalities
This review illuminates key differences between the diversity model and emancipatory model in education. It discusses a range of conceptual, theoretical, empirical, historical, pedagogical, and legal scholarship. The body of work examined includes five categories of representative scholarship. This review concludes with a discussion of an emancipatory model of education that educators can build on as part of a paradigm shift grounded in the Black Studies intellectual tradition.
July 2009
All Recent Items
Professional Development
Reframing Professional Development Through Understanding Authentic Professional Learning

TE & Instruction

Evaluating Video Models of Evidence-Based Instructional Practices to Enhance Teacher Learning
Reflecting on Social Emotional Learning: A Critical Perspective on Trends in the United States
Effective Programs in Middle and High School Mathematics: A Best-Evidence Synthesis
Diminishing the Divisions Among Us: Reading and Writing Across Difference in Theory and Method in the Sociology of Education
Ideas and Identities: Supporting Equity in Cooperative Mathematics Learning
The Ideological Implications of Using 'Educational' Film to Teach Controversial Events
Urban Elementary Teachers’ Perspectives on Teaching Science to English Language Learners
An Examination of Effective Practice: Moving Toward Elimination of Achievement Gaps in Science

Research Methods

Distributed Collaborative Research Model: Meaningful and Responsive Inquiry in Technology and Teacher Education
Impact of an Action Research Instructional Model: Student Teachers as Reflective Thinkers

Mentoring & Supervision

Nurturing Undergraduate Tutors' Role in the University Teaching Community
Composition Matters: Multi-Context Informal Mentoring Networks for Low-Income Urban Adolescent Girls Pursuing Healthcare Careers

TE Programs

Teacher Perceptions of Students' Understanding of Their Own Disability
An Analysis of the Outcomes of a Unified Teacher Preparation Program
Evaluating the Federal Investment for Personnel Preparation in Special Education
Using Social Semiotics to Prepare Mathematics Teachers to Teach for Social Justice
The Influence of an Extensive Inquiry-Based Field Experience on Pre-Service Elementary Student Teachers’ Science Teaching Beliefs
Reflective Practice as a Means for Preparing to Teach Outdoors in an Ecological Garden

Preservice Students

Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Reflection on Narrative Images of Inquiry

Beginning Teachers

A Study of Novice Special Educators' Views of Evidence-Based Practices

Technology & Computers

Being An Expert Mathematics Online Tutor: What Does Expertise Entail?
Teaching Online Made Me a Better Teacher: Studying the Impact of Virtual Course Experiences on Teachers Face-to-Face Practice
Educational Technology Standards Scale (ETSS): A Study of Reliability and Validity for Turkish Preservice Teachers
Construct Validity for the Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Computers Questionnaire
Learning With Computer-Based Learning Environments: A Literature Review of Computer Self-Efficacy
Understanding Technology Adoption: Theory and Future Directions for Informal Learning
Adopting Open-Source Software Applications in U.S. Higher Education: A Cross-Disciplinary Review of the Literature
Interactive Book Reading in Early Education: A Tool to Stimulate Print Knowledge as Well as Oral Language
K–12 Distance Educators at Work: Who's Teaching Online Across the United States
Teachers' Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Learning Activity Types: Curriculum-based Technology Integration Reframed
Teachers' Beliefs and Technology Practices: A Mixed-methods Approach
Comparing Self-paced and Cohort-based Online Courses for Teachers
Teaching Intricate Content Online: It Can Be Done and Done Well
Two-Way Mirror: Technology-Rich K-8 and Teacher Education Programs

Theories & Approaches

Diversity: Gatekeeping Knowledge and Maintaining Inequalities
What Should It Mean to Have a Liberal Education in the 21st Century?
Teaching for Social Justice: Exploring the Development of Student Agency through Participation in the Literacy Practices of A Mathematics Classroom
How To Drag with A Worn-Out Mouse? Searching for Social Justice through Collaboration

TE - General Trends

Realizing the Equity-Minded Aspirations of Detracking and Inclusion: Toward a Capacity-Oriented Framework for Teacher Education
Professional Development Schools: A Study of Change From the University Perspective
July 2009
 
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