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What’s Missing in Most of Our Early Childhood Degrees? Focusing More Deeply on Relationships and Learning with Infants, Toddlers, and their Families
This study explored whether early childhood teachers were being prepared in coursework and field experiences to meet Washington state and nationally accepted core knowledge and broad competency areas for preparation of the infant-toddler workforce. A review of early childhood degree programs found an overall insufficient emphasis on a deeper understanding of holistic infant early development and intervention, as well as mental health and observable, evidence-based interactions that promote child and family resilience at the level of the individual early childhood educator’s preparation.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2017
This article examines the orientations of prospective teachers (PSTs) toward students’ family and their home and community experiences , as they relate to teaching mathematics. The results indicate that PSTs recognize the importance of connecting with parents, understanding home and community practices, and building on these practices to support children’s mathematical learning. Yet at the same time, they also exhibit inconsistent perspectives, at times indicating a lack of understanding as to why some families appear to be less able to support students’ academic efforts. The authors also found that some PSTs believe that at least some responsibility for success in school mathematics lies at home with the parents. The authors argue that teacher educators need to be aware of the orientations that PSTs bring with them to mathematics methods classrooms.
Updated: Feb. 16, 2015
This study examines science learning experiences within a formal course structure that reaches out to informal learning environments. The six strands of science learning provide a framework for interpreting the prospective teachers’ responses to the friends and family assignments. The findings reveal that aspects of all six strands were evident in the responses, showing that the prospective teachers experienced increased interest and motivation, remembered and used scientific concepts and explanations, reflected on the process of learning for themselves and others, and actively participated in science activities. Involving friends and family outside of the class created ways for learners to think about and use their science knowledge across contexts.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2014
Crossing Borders without Leaving Town: The Impact of Cultural Immersion on the Perceptions of Teacher Education Candidates
This article examines the impact of teacher education program courses on candidates’ perceptions of urban communities and urban teaching. The results reveal that candidates shared many common perceptions of urban communities and perceptions of teaching in urban schools, such as: understanding and appreciation for community agencies, Changed perception of families including a new understanding of self and others, new understanding of community. The findings of this study show that carefully-designed, non-school experiences in teacher education can have significant impact on the preparation of urban teachers.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2014
The current review of literature examines efforts in higher education to address family engagement and the impact of various pedagogical approaches on preservice teachers. The findings reveal a narrow sample of empirically based research.However, these studies offer insights regarding pedagogical approaches that increase teachers’ confidence and self-awareness, improve educators’ knowledge of diverse families, and enhance teachers’ ability to use knowledge about families and communities to improve instruction.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2013
“The Changers and the Changed”: Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to Work With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families
This article is aimed to examine the learning process and transformation of early childhood teacher education students in a course on family equity. The authors present the findings the discussion on how courses on family equity can and should be incorporated into teacher education programs.
Updated: May. 28, 2013
The Excitement and Wonder of Teaching Science: What Pre-service Teachers Learn from Facilitating Family Science Night Centers
The author describes how pre-service teachers facilitated stations at a family science night as a context to learn to identify, assess, and use children’s science ideas. The pre-service teachers in this study experienced success at teaching science and developed understandings about children’s science ideas.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2013
A Call to Duty: Educational Policy and School Reform Addressing the Needs of Children From Military Families
This article examines the intersections among state policy, school reform, and the educational experiences of military children.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013
The goal of this paper is to propose performance as a creative instructional strategy to convey complex competencies related to understanding and working effectively with families in early childhood education. The article discusses how faculty, researchers, and those responsible for professional development can use performance to move early childhood educators towards greater family-centered competencies when serving diverse families and children.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2013
Improving Preservice Teachers' Perspectives on Family Involvement in Teaching Children With Special Needs: Guest Speaker Versus Video
The current study examines preservice teachers' perspectives on family involvement in special education and effective teaching methods for delivering family-involvement content. Eighty-three preservice teachers provided data on pre- and postadministrations of a questionnaire. The effectiveness of two methods, a video and a guest speaker, in delivering curriculum concerning family involvement was compared.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2012