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Leading a Professional Learning Community for teacher educators: inquiry into college principals’ motives and challenges
The purpose of this narrative study is to trace the process whereby Israeli Academic College of Education principals lead Professional Learning Communities (PLC) for teacher educators. The focus is on the unique situation in which various different roles (administrator/facilitator/learner) are integrated during this process. Seven semi-structured interviews underwent a thematic analysis that indicated two parallel journeys of PLC leadership: a journey of co-leading a PLC and cultivating creativity, and a journey of crystallizing intellectual identity and image through leading PLCs. The discussion provides an interpretation of these two journeys in accordance with both social-cognitive and social-classification theories. It examines the findings in terms of three types of tensions and fears typical of PLC leaders, as reflected in the literature.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2021
Seven Legitimate Apprehensions about Evaluating Teacher Education Programs and Seven “Beyond Excuses” Imperatives
The purpose of this project is to describe how one of the largest teacher education programs in the nation has taken a lead position toward evaluating itself, and has begun to take responsibility for its impact on the public school system. This research also presents the process of establishing a self-evaluation initiative across the state of Arizona and provides a roadmap for how other colleges and universities might begin a similar process. This work resulted in a set of seven “beyond excuses” imperatives that participants involved in the T-PREP consortium developed and participants at the local level carried forward. The seven key imperatives are important for other colleges of education to consider as they too embark on pathways toward examining their teacher education programs and using evaluation results in both formative and summative ways.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
This article examines how the university-based teacher educator is conceptualised as a category of academic worker at the institutional level in England. The findings reveal that it was common for universities to conceptualise the teacher educator as an effective classroom practitioner demonstrating strong personal qualities of enthusiasm and resilience. Furthermore, training and delivery described teaching, often relating directly to how teaching and teacher education were described in policy and professional discourse. The findings also show that the institutions shared a commitment to teacher educators’ credibility with the profession, usually demonstrated through significant professional experience.
Updated: Jan. 29, 2015
This article describes grade inflation as compromises the signaling value of grades and undermines their capacity to achieve the functions for which they are intended. Therefore, the authors argue that grade inflation must be understood in terms of the signaling power of grades. Analyzing data from four nationally representative samples, they find that in the decades following 1972: (a) grades have risen at high schools and dropped at 4-year colleges, in general, and selective 4-year institutions, in particular; and (b) the signaling power of grades has attenuated little, if at all.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2014
The authors argue that a popular explanation for the inequality in the access to the nation’s most selective colleges is that low-income students undermatch by attending less selective colleges when their credentials predict admission to more highly selective colleges. They identify three problematic assumptions in research on undermatching.
Updated: Aug. 07, 2014
The purpose of this study was to describe the use of service-learning (SL) by special education faculty at 4-year colleges and universities across the United States. This study also aimed to determine faculty attitudes and beliefs about the application of SL in special education. Results show that faculty represented a wide range of institutions and had varying levels of SL experience. There was variability in beliefs about and implementation of SL across faculty. Barriers to incorporating SL in courses and research were minimal.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
In this article, the author argues that the role of a public intellectual involves a science of knowing as well as the knowledge gained by a researcher’s work and life. The assumption here is that to help reduce poverty a researcher’s focus needs to move beyond the ivory tower. By way of examples drawn from research pertaining to increasing access to college, the author highlights cognitive and noncognitive factors necessary for academic success.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2014
The ACT of Enrollment: The College Enrollment Effects of State-Required College Entrance Exam Testing
Since 2001 Colorado, Illinois, and Maine have all enacted policies that require high school juniors to take college entrance exams. This article presents the effects of this state-mandated college entrance exam testing. The author finds evidence that entrance exam policies were associated with increases in overall college enrollment in Illinois and that such policies re-sorted students in all three states between different types of institutions.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013
Master's Programs in Israeli Colleges of Education: A New Learning Opportunity in Early Childhood Education
The goal of this article is to highlight the importance of advanced studies for the professional staff working in the field of early childhood education (ECE). The program is unique in its category in the state of Israel and has been authorized by the Council for Higher Education.
Updated: Dec. 27, 2012
In this article, the author focuses on African American undergraduates to illuminate the consequences of situated White academic beliefs, procedures, and traditions on social and academic life at predominantly white institutions (PWIs). The author proposes White institutional presence (WIP) as a framework that can enhance understanding of embedded ideologies of Whiteness and provide a meaningful guide for institutional reflection. The manifestation of WIP can be categorized into four intricately linked attributes: White ascendancy, monoculturalism, White blindness, and White estrangement.
Updated: Apr. 04, 2012