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In this article, the authors identified four schools of education in the United States that self-identified as having a fully implemented curriculum for teachers on mobile technology use in PK–12 classrooms. The findings revealed that an institutional commitment to innovation, a belief in the importance of being on the cutting edge, and expectations from local school districts were important motivators for change. Leadership and vision, institutional and administrative support, and the expectation that all faculty members participate in the implementation of the curriculum were important internal characteristics for success. Finally, increasing faculty knowledge about mobile technologies, funding, and finding the correct developmental and instructional approaches were identified as challenges by these institutions.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2016
This article describes a study which examined the structuring of university–community research partnerships that facilitate theoretically grounded research while also generating findings that community partners find actionable. Through their focus on the evolution of this university–community collaboration, they show how researchers established their commitment to a mutually beneficial exchange. They also show how data-driven action emerged when community agencies assumed ownership and prioritized action throughout the research process.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015
Understanding the Lived Experiences of Novice Out-Of-Field Teachers in Relation to School Leadership Practices
This article presents a study, which aimed to investigate the lived experiences of these teachers, how principals’ understanding and leadership styles influence the lived experiences of novice out-of-field teachers, and what these lived experiences mean for school leaders. The article highlights perceptions of school leaders and novice out-of-field teachers about out-of-field teaching. It concludes with a discussion on the interrelationships between school leaders’ understanding, novice teachers’ lived experience and what it means for the teaching environment.
Updated: May. 12, 2015
This article examines teacher leadership. The authors were interested in developing stronger teachers, accomplished teacher leaders, and a transformed teaching profession. The findings reveal that utilizing teacher leaders in teacher education courses, via video conference, creates opportunities for mutual responsibility of P–12 schools and higher education in the preparation of new teachers. The authors hope to further understand the power of these real- time interactions between future teachers and teacher leaders.
Updated: Apr. 12, 2015
This paper argues that teacher education curricula should include leadership knowledge. The authors discuss the political realities that affect teachers. They also discuss how these realities are best met with teacher leadership knowledge. They claim that knowledge of leadership would enable teachers to label what they see and do. In conclusion, the authors propose opportunities for the teaching profession to reclaim its pedagogical and curricular knowledge and to understand its own acts of leadership.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2015
The Potential of Communities of Practice as Contexts for the Development of Agentic Teacher Leaders: A Three-Year Narrative of One Early Childhood Teacher's Journey
This article uses an explanatory narrative of participation and transformation across two consecutive early childhood communities of practice to chronicle the evolution of a teacher leader, Michelle. This narrative illustrates how the continuity of experience spawned her development from apprentice toward an agentic teacher leader, characterized by an ethical ideal, disposition of lifelong learner, and participation in joint endeavors. The authors reveal how Michelle constructed and reconstructed her leadership roles through individual and collective inquiry grounded in daily practices.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2014
This article examined the question What are the effective teaching characteristics of non-traditional, culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student teachers placed in rural, elementary schools with high populations of Latino/a students? Findings from this study reflected highly consistent and effective teaching characteristics of the CLD teacher candidates completing a distance-delivered teacher preparation program in remote, rural areas. Discussion as to what teacher education program attributes contributed to their development of effective teaching attributes was offered, with culturally responsive supports, like instructional mediators, personal instructor/leadership caring, and a sense of community among students and teachers, noted.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2014
This study examines pre-service teacher research in a nine-month teacher education programme, implemented as a means of making explicit links between research and practice. The results reveal that although student teachers expressed significant concerns about having to develop a research question, they conferred with and developed questions in conjunction with their associate teachers. However, they also indicated that support from the associate teacher presented a significant challenge. Furthermore, the results reveal that understanding a research disposition to be integral to teaching proved to be a significant conceptual challenge amongst some of the pre-service teachers and associate teachers.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014
The current study is a comparison of PhD and EdD dissertations from 1997 to 2010 in the content area of special education on the variables of research design, statistics, target populations, significance of results as well as the age and exceptionality category of participants. No differences were found in the percentage of dissertations in special education for type of degree by gender and type of research by degree type.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
The Professional Learning Community as Subversive Activity: Countering the Culture of Conventional Schooling
The objective for this study was to gain new knowledge about the experience of teachers in the early stage of professional learning community (PLC) development. This study reports findings from semi-structured focus group interviews with teachers in an urban/suburban high school after one year of school-wide professional development introducing the PLC as a school-wide practice. The authors conclude that The authors claim that as long as PLC work is perceived by teachers as a professional development option that they may choose to embrace or ignore, then systemwide change is unlikely to occur. The authors suggest that by establishing an urgent cause, the leader may then offer assistance to the staff in addressing the problem in the form of an initiative to cultivate collaborative reflective practice with the goal of transforming the school into a PLC.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2014