Search results for: Alignment (education)
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Preparing Physical Education Preservice Teachers to Design Instructionally Aligned Lessons through Constructivist Pedagogical Practices
The purpose of this study was to explore the extent to which the constructivist pedagogies employed by teacher educators assisted preservice teachers (PSTs) in their understanding and construction of knowledge about instructional alignment. The findings revealed that PSTs varied in their articulation of the various elements of instructional alignment that were captured in the rich task. Furthermore, the results showed that through peer interaction in the form of discussion with critical friends, probing and challenging one another’s insights and interpretations, group problem solving and sharing of outcomes through various pedagogical strategies.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2016
In this article, the authors argue that teachers have an opportunity to take on leadership roles in technology-rich schools and districts. The findings reveal that teacher leaders emerged as a noticeable and important aspect of what teh authors saw and heard. Therefore, the authors highlight ways teachers and leaders can work together to bring about school improvement and student achievement using technology as a key leverage point; in particular they suggest that teacher candidates should be prepared during their preparation programs to take on the role of teacher leader.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2016
Toward Reconstructing the Narrative of Teacher Education: A Rhetorical Analysis of Preparing Teachers
This article provides a rhetorical analysis of Preparing Teachers publication reveals then critiques’ key assumptions that are shaping policies and current reform efforts in teacher education, including changes in U.S. teacher accreditation.
Updated: May. 04, 2016
This study is interested to understand the relationship of teacher educational and career experience variables with instructional alignment. The results of the fixed effects models indicate significant, positive associations, though they are generally modest in magnitude.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2016
This article presents a qualitative case study, which examined the relationship between conversations during formal collaborative experiences and the actual classroom practice of early childhood teachers in a district, Head Start, and university lab school. Three elements related to the development of communities of practice emerged from this study: (a) parallel processes that promoted the transfer of teacher talk into practices that enriched classroom environments; (b) administratively supported collective control of curriculum by teachers promotes a practice-based focus; and (c) use of protocols actively guides the content and process of teachers’ conversations. This study illustrates the importance of group routines and intentions, collective ownership of curriculum, and their role in the development of productive parallel processes.
Updated: Jul. 01, 2014
This article reviews reform efforts and examines their implications for positioning America to address the economic, political, and social challenges of the 21st century. The author concludes that it is critical that we transform teacher education programs as part of the educational transformational process. Teacher education programs must be transformed to ensure that future members of the profession are prepared to teach, counsel, and lead our schools and communities in the 21st century.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2012
In this article, the authors examine how assessments in schools that participated in a class size reduction program intersected with forces of accountability. The goal of this article is to broaden the understanding of what it means for schools and teachers to be held accountable for student learning and to discuss how different accountability frameworks affect instructional practices in classrooms. The research took place in nine elementary schools across South and Central Wisconsin. The authors identify three aspects of assessment practices that affect this intersection: alignment, audience, and action.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2011
In this paper, the author discusses the importance of defining generic competences in alignment with the European definitions. As a case study the generic competences defined by Laurea University of Applied Sciences are compared with European definitions of generic competences. The comparative matrix of generic competences enhances the comparison of learning outcomes in higher education institutions, facilitates credit transfer and the acknowledgement of prior learning.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2010
This article describes the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR), a comprehensive teacher recruitment, preparation, and induction program created by and housed in an urban school district, the Boston Public Schools (BPS). The article argues for several core principles in the creation of such a program: a) the program serves the school district, b) the program is structured to blend theory and practice, c) the program emphasizes the selection, recruitment and support of the mentor teacher and treats the mentors as teacher educators, d) the program creates an aligned set of induction supports which extend for the first three years of the new teacher’s career, e) the program treats student achievement as its ultimate outcome.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2010
Alignment is a means for understanding the degree to which different components of an educational system work together to support a common goal. Alignment research is one method to demonstrate that state organizations, districts, and schools send a consistent message to teachers and students about what is required. The authors (1) discuss the importance of alignment for facilitating proper assessment and instruction, (2) describe the three most common methods for evaluating the alignment between state content standards and assessments, (3) discuss the relative strengths and limitations of these methods, and (4) discuss examples of applications of each method.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010