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Teacher Education and Professional Development

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

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Theories Of Learning And The Real World: An Integrated Teaching Technique Using Empirical Research And Film, Karen Michele Zabrucky, Nannette Evans Commander Jan 2012

Theories Of Learning And The Real World: An Integrated Teaching Technique Using Empirical Research And Film, Karen Michele Zabrucky, Nannette Evans Commander

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As instructors of an educational psychology course focusing on theories of learning, we are aware of the trepidation our students may experience on the first day of class and beyond. Theories of learning sound a bit daunting and, unfortunately, disconnected from the real world. Of course, our students' conceptualizations of learning theories are quite different from our own; that they are interesting, informative, and relevant to understanding how individuals learn in a variety of contexts as well as how best to instruct others (Schneider, 2008).


Reflection-In-Action Teaching Strategies Used By Faculty To Enhance Teaching And Learning, Dr. Cindy Giaimo-Ballard, Dr. L. Hyatt Jan 2012

Reflection-In-Action Teaching Strategies Used By Faculty To Enhance Teaching And Learning, Dr. Cindy Giaimo-Ballard, Dr. L. Hyatt

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Scholars have suggested that reflective strategies are vital to teaching and learning (Brookfield, 1998; Dewey, 1964; Rogers, 2001; Schön, 1983, 1987; Zeichner, 1996). Additionally, accrediting institutions recognize the importance of reflective practice and include the requirement in their standards. However, little direction is given to faculty regarding reflective methods and processes, and it is unclear how faculty members apply the process of reflection. To elucidate these processes, this study explored the phenomenon of reflection-in-action regarding teaching from the perspectives of faculty from institutions accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), using Schön’s (1983, 1987) concept ...


Review Of Diane Ravitch's Book, "The Life And Death Of American Public Schools,”, Angela Affronti Jan 2012

Review Of Diane Ravitch's Book, "The Life And Death Of American Public Schools,”, Angela Affronti

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“And who are you and why are you here?” asked a student my first day of my practicum at a public middle school in lower Manhattan. “I am here from NYU to help you with your reading,” I responded with a friendly smile. Looking back at this exchange, I realized that not only did I work hard to help and gain acceptance from the students, I was working just as hard to learn more about public school structures, specifically since I was in NY, the bureaucratic structure that is the NYC Board of Education. While I was working in the ...


Utilizing Goal Setting Strategies At The Middle Level: Helping Students Self-Regulate Behavior, Nimisha Patel, Rachel Smith, Kristen Fitzsimmons, Mcgee Kara, Emily Detmer Jan 2012

Utilizing Goal Setting Strategies At The Middle Level: Helping Students Self-Regulate Behavior, Nimisha Patel, Rachel Smith, Kristen Fitzsimmons, Mcgee Kara, Emily Detmer

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For three weeks, 34 middle level students in the Midwest identified goals, completed preand post-surveys, and regularly reflected on their respective goal attainment. Quantitative and qualitative analyses revealed that participants reported increases in self-regulatory behavior.


Participatory Action Research As Praxis: Developing Scientifically Literate Students Through Inquiry-Based Science Instruction And Guided Reading, Rhonda L. Nixon Jan 2012

Participatory Action Research As Praxis: Developing Scientifically Literate Students Through Inquiry-Based Science Instruction And Guided Reading, Rhonda L. Nixon

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Two grade six teachers, Sara and Colleen, and myself, Rhonda, a literacy coach, engaged in critical participatory action research (Kemmis & McTaggart, 2005) to inquire into our grade six students’ declining performance in science. Our research questions were: How does guided reading impact students’ reading practices in science? How does our critical or praxis-based approach to professional learning impact our students as collaborative learners? At the time when we became a teacher researcher team, Sara had taught grade six for a few years at the school. Colleen was an experienced grade six teacher coming from another school, and I was an ...


Investigating The Reggio Emilia Study Tour Experience From Conversation To Insights, Will Parnell Jan 2012

Investigating The Reggio Emilia Study Tour Experience From Conversation To Insights, Will Parnell

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Taking early childhood Master’s students on a Reggio Emilia Study Tour leads to making meaning of anticipatory and after-experience reflective narrative-episodes. These narrative episodes are constructed around the phenomena of anticipating the trip as well as reflecting on the experiences during and after the study tour. The experiences are then analyzed collaboratively among researchers and participants through informal discussions. Themes in each narrative episode are explored through the written narratives and then conclusions are drawn. Anticipatory themes include eagerness to see, desire to witness the image of the child in the everyday, and a concern about adopting the Reggio ...


“Being It No Matter What Anyone Else Think About It:” Combating Gender Bias With Nontraditional Literature In An Urban Elementary Classroom, Martin James Wasserberg Jan 2012

“Being It No Matter What Anyone Else Think About It:” Combating Gender Bias With Nontraditional Literature In An Urban Elementary Classroom, Martin James Wasserberg

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Gender stereotypes pervade children’s literature. This action research project sought to alter stereotypical perceptions of gender roles held by a classroom of students in an urban elementary school through the introduction of nontraditional literature. Results suggested that some stereotypical perceptions could be altered through utilization and discussion of such literature.


Lessons From A Preservice Teacher: Examining Missed Opportunities For Multicultural Education In An English Education Program, Amy M. Vetter, Jeanie Reynolds Jan 2012

Lessons From A Preservice Teacher: Examining Missed Opportunities For Multicultural Education In An English Education Program, Amy M. Vetter, Jeanie Reynolds

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I had to get to know them [his students]. Because I am disconnected from Black culture a lot, honestly. You get people who assume I’m Black or I’m not. Before I even started teaching the very first question that I got asked was what color are you? And I never knew how big of deal that would be. This was one of many experiences that James described in an interview after being asked how his multiracial identities shaped his student teaching experiences. James was one of six preservice teachers that we followed in our program for three semesters ...


One Slice At A Time: A Book Review Of A Toolkit For Action Research, Suzanne Porath Jan 2012

One Slice At A Time: A Book Review Of A Toolkit For Action Research, Suzanne Porath

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The foundation of research is the collection and analysis of data. Graduate students spend countless hours learning the ontology and epistemology of their chosen methodology. But, what about teachers who want to be more systematic with researching their own teaching practice and students but have limited time and resources? Many teachers choose to complete action research projects in their classrooms, but most textbooks only devote a short chapter to both the collection and analysis of data. In my experience, the discussions in these textbooks tend to be too short without enough models or templates to guide teacher-researchers through what can ...


Editorial Introduction, Catherine F. Compton-Lilly Jan 2012

Editorial Introduction, Catherine F. Compton-Lilly

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

The public eye in America continues to position teachers as contributing to the demise of American society. They are accused of not knowing their craft, not preparing students for the future, and not helping children to score high enough on endless rounds of tests. The articles presented in this journal challenge these discourses. They are authored by educators who claim their expertise and abilities. This is the power of teacher research and this newest edition of Networks is a wonderful testament to the teacher knowledge and craft.


Editorial Introduction, Catherine F. Compton-Lilly Jan 2012

Editorial Introduction, Catherine F. Compton-Lilly

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

The Spring 2012 issue of Networks, brings a unique set of articles. While featuring the voices of teachers and teacher educators, each highlights a different and important perspective on education.