Section archive - Programs & Practicum
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A Critical Analysis of Sustainability Education in Schooling’s Bureaucracy: Barriers and Small Openings in Teacher Education
In this article, the author reflects on his last 15 years of experience as an environmental education researcher and teacher education faculty member. Through the personal reflections of narrative inquiry, the author observes and interprets the changes he has witnessed and participated in at the state, university, college, and department level, and also on the bureaucratic forces. The author argues that such changes can begin with sustainability-responsive course revisions, and can connect to more significant changes in college and state programs and policies.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2012
Creating and Facilitating A Teacher Education Curriculum Using Preservice Teachers’ Autobiographical Stories
In this article, the author examines preservice teachers’ autobiographical stories in a literacy methods course as a curriculum for teacher education. The teacher educator’s key role is examined in facilitating a public context of vulnerability.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2012
Please Mind the Culture Gap: Intercultural Development During a Teacher Education Study Abroad Program
This study explores a preservice teacher’s intercultural development over the course of a semester-long teacher education study abroad program in England. The preservice teacher experienced cultural dissonance during her immersion in the cultural context in England. Her immersion experience provided her with the opportunity to have the experience of being a cultural outsider. The authors conclude that such study abroad programs can be powerful vehicles in teacher educators’ efforts to prepare preservice teachers for work with culturally diverse students.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2012
This study compared three teacher preparation programs at a Midwestern university. The purpose of the study was to examine how the teachers from the three programs perceived the impact of the programs and how employers perceived their teaching competencies. The teachers from the three teacher education programs at the Midwestern university held positive attitudes about the impact of their programs on their competencies. Their positive views were confirmed by the perceptions of their employers, who provided high ratings of their teachers' competencies in all three programs.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2012
Developing Social Skills Training and Literacy Instruction Pedagogy Through Service Learning: An Integrated Model of Teacher Preparation
This exploratory study examined the authors' utilization of two service-learning tutoring programs with preservice teachers (PSTs). The PSTs were assigned to either Tutor-Assisted Intensive Learning Strategies (TAILS) or Book Partners (BP) tutoring program and taught one of the tutoring programs with identified kindergarten or first-grade struggling readers. The findings reveal that the TAILS journals were more informative, included very specific social skills details. TAILS journals reported twice as many classroom social behaviors when compared to the BP journals.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2012
Institutional Separation in Schools of Education: Understanding the Functions of Space in General and Special Education Teacher Preparation
This spatial study is aimed to understand the function space play in a combined credential program in the US in helping or hindering the program’s inclusive mission. The study examines how physical and social manifestations of general and special education are (re)organized in the new program. It was found that the lack of successful inclusive education in schools is related to the lack of well-aligned inclusive preparation in universities. Furthermore, physical and social spaces are active components of maintaining the educational status quo.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2011
The current case study investigates how several universities in the state of Connecticut responded to teacher education accreditation policy between 2002 and 2006. Using a cognitive perspective on policy implementation and a purposeful sample, the authors describe three common responses: articulation of a programme-wide conceptual framework, greater focus on teacher candidate assessment, and the creation of data collection systems.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2011
Innovation and Impact in Teacher Education: Community-Based Organizations as Field Placements for Preservice Teachers
This study examines the participation of preservice teachers in community-based organizations (CBOs) and the outcomes of this innovation on their opportunities to learn. Through this research, the authors aim to advance the field of teacher education’s understanding of community experiences, and in particular to highlight the ways in which partnerships with community organizations advance the preparation of teachers. The findings highlight specific dimensions of teachers’ participation in CBOs and indicate ways in which the community experiences added to the resources for learning provided by the teacher education program.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2011
This study examined the relationship between preparation characteristics and pre-service teachers’ multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills.Specifically, the study answered two research questions: 1) How do the initial level and change in pre-service teachers' beliefs about diversity in personal and professional contexts differ by their background characteristics? and 2) What characteristics of teacher preparation for diversity reported by pre-service teachers are associated with positive changes in their beliefs about diversity in personal and professional contexts, controlling for their background characteristics?
Updated: Oct. 24, 2011
The current article delineates the many problems experienced by English language learners (ELLs) students within special education. The article also describes a set of preservice modules that were designed for special education teacher candidates to learn about and develop strategies for working with students of diverse language backgrounds. The authors conclude that only by infusing these principles into special education teacher training programs can we hope that future generations of ELLs will not repeat the experiences that past generations have had to endure.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2011