Search results for: Higher education
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This article explores the challenges experienced by teacher educators promoting reflective practice in a large group setting, using reflective verbalisation as an organising framework. This study undertaken in a university in the Republic of Ireland. The findings reveal that the participants indicated that their experience of the module enabled them to use a reflective approach to new situations which arose in their classrooms. In addition, the participants indicated that the module had facilitated their capacity to reflect on and develop their own ideas about teaching and curriculum. However, participants did not feel that the module allowed them to explore with staff and fellow students specific curricular and/or classroom issues which they were experiencing in the practicum.
Updated: Feb. 05, 2014
This study focuses on current efforts underway in one western US state to prepare educators’ for meaningful participation with families. The participants were Directors and faculty from 43 accredited Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) preparing pre-service teachers, administrators, and student support personnel. The results indicate that current course offerings and field practice requirements may not match prevailing views regarding the need for and importance of family engagement in promoting student success.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2013
This article reports a self-study of the experiences of a teacher educator who has developed and taught a university-based action research course. The author adopted self-study as the methodology, using qualitative data collection methods. The article describes three themes which emerged during the action research: 1) Teacher culture clashes with the research world, 2) Teachers’ assumptions about teaching and learning and 3) Action research, domesticated by traditional research.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2013
The main purpose of this study was to investigate exemplary online teachers’ transition to online teaching with a specific focus on the successful practices. The findings show that when teachers described their successful practices, they often attended to their changing roles and representation of their “selves” within an online classroom. The authors found that teachers struggled to make themselves visible and heard in online environments by constantly challenging their already established roles and assumptions toward learning and teaching. They build their teacher personas by drawing their knowledge and experiences from different sources, such as their own experiences as learners in online classrooms and observations of other online teachers.
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013
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
Race, Ethnicity, and College Success: Examining the Continued Significance of the Minority-Serving Institution
This article evaluates student postsecondary outcomes by race and ethnicity in Texas’s large minority-serving institution (MSI) sector utilizing state administrative data from 1997 to 2008. The authors conclude that Hispanic-serving institutions are particularly critical locations for Hispanics while the non-MSI community colleges emerge as key institutions for Black students, signaling important implications for how historically Black colleges and universities might address recruitment and transfer strategies.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013
As education reform shifts the focus to college and career readiness, approaches for setting performance standards need to be revised. The authors argue that the focus on assessing student readiness can move performance standards toward an increasingly empirical grounding, and leading to better guideposts for instructional improvement. Specifically, the authors describe and illustrate the processes and practices associated with evidence-based standard setting.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013
Facing the Changing Demands of Europe: Integrating Entrepreneurship Education in Finnish Teacher Training Curricula
The current paper describes the ways in which entrepreneurship education is included in the curricula of Finnish teacher training. The current unstable situation in the EU requires not only economic arrangements, but also new approaches in other areas, such as education and its reform. As an implication for practice, the authors propose there could be more support for curriculum design of higher education at both national and EU level.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2013
Peer Mentoring Styles and Their Contribution to Academic Success Among Mentees: A Person-Oriented Study in Higher Education
This study had two objectives. The first objective was to examine peer mentoring styles and their correspondence to the mentoring styles associated with traditional mentoring. The second objective was to determine whether mentoring styles were related to the academic performance of mentees. The findings indicated three mentoring styles: Motivating master mentoring, informatory standard mentoring and negative minimalist mentoring. The results indicated that motivating master mentoring had a positive influence on poor academic performers.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2013
The authors provide a conceptual base for pedagogy that embraces and incorporates the assets of nontraditional students in higher education and advocates for practice that honors and builds on students' cultural and social capital. The authors describe the challenges and opportunities faced by nontraditional students within institutions of higher education, focusing specifically on early childhood teacher preparation programs.
Updated: Jun. 19, 2013