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July 26, 2011 International Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
July 2011
Featured Items
Does Student Teaching Abroad Affect Teacher Competencies? Perspectives From Iowa School Administrators
The purpose of this study was to examine how school administrators in the state of Iowa perceive undergraduate teaching majors who obtain their student teaching experience abroad. 138 K-12 principals in the state of Iowa were electronically surveyed to determine their general demographics and personal traits, as well as district and career information. This research helped to validate previous studies addressing the fact that students returned to the United States with an expanded world view, an increased respect for diverse cultures, and more tolerance of educational differences.
Mentoring the Mentors: First-Order Descriptions of Experience-In-Context
The purpose of this article is to make a contribution to the neglected area of study of mentor training by presenting some examples of innovative practical techniques designed to link theory with practice. The authors' experiences suggest that mentoring presents an opportunity to reevaluate teaching practices in collaboration with a mentee, as well as within a supportive community of fellow mentor teachers, thereby contributing to ongoing learning and development.
What Teacher Preparation Programs Can Do to Better Prepare Teachers to Meet the Challenges of Educating Students Living in Poverty
This article highlights the fact that some social issues are excluded from the teacher preparation curriculum. The author argues that if any educational reforms are to be enacted to provide students equal access to quality education, they must place more emphasis on the SES of students, coupled with a determined effort to integrate its impact on socially disadvantaged students. The article points out the necessity for changes to be made to teacher education programs in an effort to better prepare teachers to address the effects of poverty in their classroom.
Lessons From My Mother: Reflections on the National Early Literacy Panel Report
In this review, the author focuses on the inclusion criteria for the selection of studies in the National Early Literacy Panel report. The author argues that the interpretation of early literacy is overly narrow and ignores the important role of background knowledge and conceptual development. The author suggests that code-based skills do not sufficiently account for early literacy development. Rather, content-rich settings in which skills are learned through meaningful activity help children acquire the broad array of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that build a foundation for literacy learning.
“Because I Know How to Use It': Integrating Technology Into Preservice English Teacher Reflective Practice
The current paper examines the role of technology in preservice teacher reflection. Fifty-eight preservice English teachers participated in the study. The author examines The implications of the preservice English teachers’ views on technology use for reflection , with attention to the choice of “easy” forms of technology and the elements of journal length.
July 2011
All Recent Items
Multiculturalism & Diversity
Teachers' Emotional Experiences of Growing Diversity and Multiculturalism in Schools and the Prospects of an Ethic of Discomfort

Professional Development

Storytelling as Dialogue: How Teachers Construct Professional Knowledge
Teachers' Professional Knowledge Construction in Assessment for Learning

Teacher Education & Instruction

How Assigned Faculty Mentors View their Mentoring Relationships: An Interview Study of Mentors in Medical Education
Speaking Out for Language: Why Language Is Central to Reading Development
Where Is NELP Leading Preschool Literacy Instruction?: Potential Positives and Pitfalls
Confounded Statistical Analyses Hinder Interpretation of the NELP Report
The NELP Report on Shared Story Reading Interventions (Chapter 4): Extending the Story
Recasting the Role of Family Involvement in Early Literacy Development: A Response to the NELP Report
Advancing Early Literacy Learning for All Children: Implications of the NELP Report for Dual-Language Learners
Recent Research on Human Learning Challenges Conventional Instructional Strategies
Does Student Teaching Abroad Affect Teacher Competencies? Perspectives From Iowa School Administrators

Research Methods

Classroom Interaction Studies as a Source for Teacher Competencies: The Use of Case Studies with Multiple Instruments for Studying Teacher Competencies in Multicultural Classes

Mentoring & Supervision

Evaluation of a University‐Based Mentoring Program: Mentors’ Perspectives on a Service‐Learning Experience
From Mentorship to Tenureship: A Storied Inquiry of Two Academic Careers in Education
Mentoring the Mentors: First-Order Descriptions of Experience-In-Context

Teacher Educators

Influence of a Supervised Mentoring Program on the Achievement of Low‐Income South Korean Students
Caring Mentoring for Academic Literacy: A Case Study of a Teacher Education College in Israel
Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers: An Exploratory Study of Students’ and Professors’ Perceptions
Mentoring and Coaching Rural School Leaders: What Do They Need?

Teacher Education Programs

What Teacher Preparation Programs Can Do to Better Prepare Teachers to Meet the Challenges of Educating Students Living in Poverty
A Fundamental Partnership: The Experiences of Practising Teachers as Lecturers in a Pre-service Teacher Education Programme

Preservice Students

Effects of Communities of Reflecting Peers on Student-teacher Development - including in-depth Case Studies
Investigating Teacher Candidates’ Mentoring of Students at Risk of Academic Failure: A Canadian Experiential Field Model

Technology & Computers

Using Google Scholar to Estimate the Impact of Journal Articles in Education
The Economic Effect of Education in an Information Technology–Penetrating Economy: Evidence From Hong Kong
“Because I Know How to Use It': Integrating Technology Into Preservice English Teacher Reflective Practice

Theories & Approaches

Lessons From My Mother: Reflections on the National Early Literacy Panel Report

Trends in Teacher Education

The National Early Literacy Panel: A Summary of the Process and the Report
National Reports in Literacy: Building a Scientific Base for Practice and Policy
July 2011
 
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