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Teacher Education and Professional Development

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Getting It Right: The Mise Approach To Professional Development, Thomas B. Corcoran, Siobhan Mcvay, Kate Riordan Dec 2003

Getting It Right: The Mise Approach To Professional Development, Thomas B. Corcoran, Siobhan Mcvay, Kate Riordan

CPRE Research Reports

With an initial 10-year commitment from Merck & Co., Inc. the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) was founded in 1993 to demonstrate that virtually all students could reach high levels of scientific literacy. Shortly thereafter, MISE formed partnerships with four public school districts -- Linden, Rahway, and Readington Township in New Jersey, and North Penn in Pennsylvania -- where Merck has major facilities and a history of providing employee volunteers and supporting local science education initiatives. These district partnerships quickly merged into one multi-district Partnership.

MISE's approach to improving science teaching has been systemic, addressing both policy and practice in the ...


Alabamans In East Tennessee: Letters From Confederate Soldiers Back Home, Dieter C. Ullrich Dec 2003

Alabamans In East Tennessee: Letters From Confederate Soldiers Back Home, Dieter C. Ullrich

Faculty Research at Morehead State University

Between the summer of 1862 and the fall of 1863, tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers camped upon the hills and valleys near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Many of those men would write home of the sites and events they experienced. What follows are several letters that were recently found in the Auburn University archives located in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.


Reading Excellence Act: Professional Development And Teacher Practice First Year Implementation In East Tennessee., Sherry Ellen Shroyer Dec 2003

Reading Excellence Act: Professional Development And Teacher Practice First Year Implementation In East Tennessee., Sherry Ellen Shroyer

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

When the National Assessment of Educational Progress reported in 1998 that 70 percent of fourth grade children in the United States were reading just at (31%) or below the basic grade level (39%), this astounding fact resulted in national attention and political intervention. At the same time, the National Research Council published their 25 years of researched findings in their book, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children (Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998). The national reactions to these reports were strong and included new initiatives for overcoming this emerging national problem. One such initiative was the implementation of the national Reading Excellence Act (REA).

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the required REA staff and professional development activities and to determine whether these activities impacted classroom instruction. The study was limited to REA schools in East Tennessee during the first year of implementation. Staff and professional development activities were centered on the essential elements of reading and the educational term of “balanced reading” was embraced. The essential elements of balanced literacy, as delineated by the National Reading Panel include phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension instruction.

Data were collected using a teacher survey measuring teacher perception prior to and during REA implementation. Observational data were collected using identical paired observations, gathered on two occasions by the REA state consultant during official visits. A series of paired t-tests were used to determine whether there were significant pre-to-post changes in teacher perception of their teaching practice and pre-to-post changes in classroom observations. The overall alpha level or “significance level” was set at .05 for each significance test.

From this study, teacher perception of classroom practice was significantly improved; however, classroom observations did not correlate with those findings. It is assumed that as teacher perception changes, a change of teacher practice will likely follow.


Early Education Experiences & School-To-Work Program Participation, Richard K. Caputo Dec 2003

Early Education Experiences & School-To-Work Program Participation, Richard K. Caputo

The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

This study assesses the effects of Head Start participation and demonstrated academic ability during elementary school on School-to-Work (STW) program participation. The study sample comes from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 Cohort and comprises 4,370 adolescents who reported grades they received while in the 8th grade and whether or not they ever repeated a grade in grammar school. Findings indicate that STW programs attract disproportionate numbers of students with histories of marginal demonstrated academic ability. This is so because STW programs are also more likely to attract Head Starters. Demonstrated academic ability varies by race/ethnicity and ...


Preparing Teachers To Use Technology: The Webquest In The Secondary English Language Arts Methods Classroom, Melinda C. Dobson Dec 2003

Preparing Teachers To Use Technology: The Webquest In The Secondary English Language Arts Methods Classroom, Melinda C. Dobson

Dissertations

This study focuses on why and how English language arts methods instructors can integrate WebQuest development into their courses. Behavioral, cognitive, and constructive learning theory are established as a theoretical basis for introducing the WebQuest into the English language arts methods curriculum. Practicing teachers are surveyed about their WebQuest-use to identify positive and negative outcomes of the activity. National and international standards the WebQuest fulfills are identified. This study focuses on how to integrate technology in general into the methods course and then documents the development of the researcher's WebQuest and that of three different secondary English language arts ...


Adult Esl Oral Reading Fluency And Silent Reading Comprehension, Kristin Lems Dec 2003

Adult Esl Oral Reading Fluency And Silent Reading Comprehension, Kristin Lems

Dissertations

A descriptive study of second language adults studying ESL at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels in a post-secondary academic program revealed that their oral reading fluency had a significant, low-to-moderate correlation with scores on a measure of silent reading comprehension. The correlation was slightly stronger for measures of accuracy than speed, and strongest for miscue ratio. The correlation increased as proficiency level increased. Among different first language groups, the correlation was highest for Hispanic learners, and lowest for Chinese. Furthermore, all fluency measures correlated better with a listening measure than with the silent reading comprehension measure. When a system ...


Nsf Graduate Teaching Fellows In K-12 Education At The University Of Maine, Susan Brawley, Stephen Norton, Barbara J. Cole, Susan J. Hunter, Michael Vayda Nov 2003

Nsf Graduate Teaching Fellows In K-12 Education At The University Of Maine, Susan Brawley, Stephen Norton, Barbara J. Cole, Susan J. Hunter, Michael Vayda

University of Maine Office of Research Administration: Grant Reports

The program for Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education at the University of Maine is consistent with the State's legislatively mandated goals for education in Science and Technology. Twelve Fellows are working in four local school districts through this program, which engages colleagues at the University and K-12 schools in transfer of knowledge and curriculum development with respect to topics such as Classifying Living Things, Forestry & Pulp and Paper Studies, and The Hydrological Cycle. The project is providing K-12 students and teachers with access to curriculum development, field trips, technology, and equipment that local school budgets had not provided ...


The Use Of Research Evidence In Instructional Improvement, Thomas B. Corcoran Nov 2003

The Use Of Research Evidence In Instructional Improvement, Thomas B. Corcoran

CPRE Policy Briefs

Those who seek to reform our public schools often argue that school performance would improve if only policy and practice were based on evidence. If decision-makers and practitioners paid more attention to research findings, the argument goes, they would make better decisions about improvement strategies and resource allocation, and we would see better results. The belief in this axiom is demonstrated by the increasing frequency with which reformers, educators, and policymakers find it necessary to legitimate their actions with claims that they are "research-based." However, moving beyond rhetoric to actually put this principle into operation turns out to be difficult ...


Teacher And Coach Implementation Of Writers Workshop In America's Choice Schools, 2001 And 2002, Amy Jane Bach, Jonathan A. Supovitz Nov 2003

Teacher And Coach Implementation Of Writers Workshop In America's Choice Schools, 2001 And 2002, Amy Jane Bach, Jonathan A. Supovitz

CPRE Research Reports

In this report, we follow a line of inquiry that we began in a 2002 Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) report titled Implementation of the America’s Choice Literacy Workshops. Herein, we examine the implementation of the writers workshop component of America’s Choice, which we consider the core instructional reform of the first year of implementation of the America’s Choice comprehensive school reform design. By conducting structured observations in a random sample of elementary and middle school classrooms in America’s Choice schools across the United States, and applying a rubric that assesses the fidelity of ...


Developing Communities Of Instructional Practice: Lessons From Cincinnati And Philadelphia, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Jolley Bruce Christman Nov 2003

Developing Communities Of Instructional Practice: Lessons From Cincinnati And Philadelphia, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Jolley Bruce Christman

CPRE Policy Briefs

Over the past several years, education reformers have increasingly invested in the development of communities within schools as a central strategy to improve teaching and student learning. These communities come in various guises, including small schools, small learning communities, and teacher teams. Two assumptions about how these communities will enhance the quality of instruction underlie the push for these more intimate learning environments. First, supporters believe that teachers will get to know their students better and therefore be more able to respond to students’ learning needs. Second, advocates contend that small communities will encourage teachers to collaborate more in order ...


Mapping A Course For Improved Student Learning: How Innovative Schools Systematically Use Student Performance Data To Guide Improvement, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Valerie Klein Nov 2003

Mapping A Course For Improved Student Learning: How Innovative Schools Systematically Use Student Performance Data To Guide Improvement, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Valerie Klein

CPRE Research Reports

To be useful to teachers and school leaders, test data must provide more than just a destination. Student performance results must also provide guidance that informs educators that they are moving in the right direction, while providing interactive and recursive feedback for mid-course adjustments. In order for student performance data to be useful to teachers and school leaders, and to make it worthwhile for them to make the extensive efforts necessary to learn to interpret and act upon what they learn, data feedback systems must rely on multiple sources of data collected and analyzed at regular intervals.

This report is ...


Information Literacy Programmes And Course Curricula: The Case For Integration, Anne Ambrose, Brian Gillespie Nov 2003

Information Literacy Programmes And Course Curricula: The Case For Integration, Anne Ambrose, Brian Gillespie

Articles

The advent of the Internet and the profusion, complexity and haphazard nature of the information available through electronic and digital resources has highlighted the issue of information literacy in third level institutions worldwide. How do we deal with the information explosion to which we are subjected on a daily basis? In particular how do our students learn to exploit the range of resources available to advance their studies and research? Can these students become fully independent learners as proposed by the new teaching and learning methodologies without the necessary foundation skills? The authors argue, based on international standards and benchmarking ...


Learning How To Learn : Problem Based Learning., Wendy Hillman Nov 2003

Learning How To Learn : Problem Based Learning., Wendy Hillman

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

During the course of study for the Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary Teaching) we participated in a seminar about Problem Based Learning (PBL) and were asked to write a piece of assessment about this topic. I struggled long and hard with PBL and came up with a fairly mediocre piece of work to be assessed. This led me to an interest in PBL itself and, to the writing of this general overview of the subject. It has helped me to understand the concept and its implications within the tertiary system to a much greater degree.


Describing Standards For Early Childhood Teachers : Moving The Debate Forward To The National Level., Carmel Maloney, Lennie Barblett Nov 2003

Describing Standards For Early Childhood Teachers : Moving The Debate Forward To The National Level., Carmel Maloney, Lennie Barblett

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

In Australia, there is no set of agreed upon national teaching standards for early childhood teachers. In some states such as Western Australia and Queensland, documents have been produced that outline generic teaching competencies for all teachers. However, research in Australia and overseas shows that one set of standards does not always fit all teaching specialisations easily. This paper reports on the culmination of a joint research project between Edith Cowan University and the Department of Education (WA) that undertook to describe the generic teaching competencies for Phase 1 teachers in terms of early childhood teachers work. The views of ...


Art Collections And Teacher Education, Penelope J. Collet Nov 2003

Art Collections And Teacher Education, Penelope J. Collet

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

My interest in teaching collections began at Geelong Teachers’ College where I did my undergraduate training. Fellow students seemed to be oblivious to the marvelous artworks hanging on the walls throughout the buildings. The opportunity to study the F M Courtis Collection, initiated at Bendigo Teachers’ College, now part of La Trobe University Bendigo, raised obvious questions about the role of these collections in the early teaching colleges and what events or factors led to their beginnings. This case study will be situated within a broader picture of art collections in institutions across three states.


Reforming Elementary Science Teacher Preparation: What About Extant Teaching Beliefs?, Julie A. Thomas, Jon E. Pedersen Nov 2003

Reforming Elementary Science Teacher Preparation: What About Extant Teaching Beliefs?, Julie A. Thomas, Jon E. Pedersen

Faculty Publications: Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

A common maxim in the educational profession is that one teaches the way one is taught. Indications are that preservice teachers' beliefs, attitudes, and practices may be linked to previous experiences. Calderhead and Robson (1991) underscored this concern by asserting that teachers use good teachers as models for developing their own images as teachers. Others have argued that the images held by teachers are used as frames of reference for their own teaching practices. In this article, preservice teachers' perceptions of themselves as science teachers are examined. The assertion is made that a long history of stereotypical science learning experiences ...


Claiming Opportunities: A Handbook For Improving Education For English Language Learners Through Comprehensive School Reform, Maria Coady, Edmund T. Hamann, Margaret Harrington, Maria Pacheco, Samboeun Pho, Jane Yedlin Oct 2003

Claiming Opportunities: A Handbook For Improving Education For English Language Learners Through Comprehensive School Reform, Maria Coady, Edmund T. Hamann, Margaret Harrington, Maria Pacheco, Samboeun Pho, Jane Yedlin

Faculty Publications: Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

For the last decade, the national comprehensive school reform movement has been a focus of efforts to make public education accessible and effective for all students. Comprehensive reform strives to improve schooling for all children through integrated, well-aligned, school- wide changes in instruction, assessment, curriculum, classroom management, school governance, professional development, technical assistance, and community participation. As a sign of its continuing support for comprehensive school reform, Congress formally incorporated the Comprehensive School Reform program (CSR) into the Elementary and Secondary Act (No Child Left Behind, or NCLB) of 2001.

The last decade has also seen a dramatic increase in ...


The Academic Workplace (Fall 2003): Hea Reauthorization: Why It Matters, New England Resource Center For Higher Education At The University Of Massachusetts Boston, Jamie P. Merisotis, Deborah Hirsch, Dwight Giles, Charmian Sperling Oct 2003

The Academic Workplace (Fall 2003): Hea Reauthorization: Why It Matters, New England Resource Center For Higher Education At The University Of Massachusetts Boston, Jamie P. Merisotis, Deborah Hirsch, Dwight Giles, Charmian Sperling

The Academic Workplace

No abstract provided.


Proximal Factors Predicting Student Performance In A Self-Paced College Psychology Course, Ronald L. Skidmore Oct 2003

Proximal Factors Predicting Student Performance In A Self-Paced College Psychology Course, Ronald L. Skidmore

Faculty Research at Morehead State University

This study examined the effectiveness of using selected self-report measures assessing motivational orientation, learning strategies, procrastination, and perceptions of daily hassles to facilitate the prediction of student engagement in a self-paced introductory psychology course. Research has shown these factors to be associated with academic success, and of concern to instructors and students alike. Surveys that economically and effectively assess these factors would be invaluable for the instructor attempting to predict student engagement and determining possible interventions to promote academic success. Four surveys purporting to measure the constructs were chosen. A demographic survey was also administered.


Meeting The Challenge: Training An Aging Population To Use Computers, Carol Bean Oct 2003

Meeting The Challenge: Training An Aging Population To Use Computers, Carol Bean

The Southeastern Librarian

Older adults present a special challenge to libraries offering computer training. Many of those seeking training have little, if any, prior experience with the concepts and skills necessary to use computers, yet their ability to learn those concepts and skills is hampered by the aging process. This article summarizes the factors in aging which most affect learning computer skills, and how those factors can be mitigated.


Koinonia, Tony Marchese, Mimi Barnard, Robbie Castleman, Wayne Barnard, Evan Parry, Damon Seacott, Todd Ream, Skip Trudeau Oct 2003

Koinonia, Tony Marchese, Mimi Barnard, Robbie Castleman, Wayne Barnard, Evan Parry, Damon Seacott, Todd Ream, Skip Trudeau

Koinonia

In the Academy
Creating Curricular Cohesiveness in the Academy: Infusing our Sector with Being, Tony Marchese

Learning Communities at Abilene Christian University: Integrating Faith, Living, and Learning, Mimi Barnard

Conference Spotlight
A Conversation with Ravi Zacharias

A Time to Sow, a TIme to Reap, Robbie Castleman

Reflections
Mid-Level Professionals Retreat, Wayne Barnard

A Memoir from Wheaton: My Experience at New Professionals Retreat '03, Evan Perry

Features
The President's Corner

Editor's Disk

Book Review: Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds, reviewed by Damon Seacott

Thinking Theologically: To Teach Consumers OR Students, Todd Ream


Ability Of The Urban Teacher Selection Interview To Identify Teachers Who Are Likely To Be Retained In The Buffalo Public Schools, Patricia Frey Oct 2003

Ability Of The Urban Teacher Selection Interview To Identify Teachers Who Are Likely To Be Retained In The Buffalo Public Schools, Patricia Frey

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

The rate of teacher turnover appears to be higher than employee turnover in many other occupations. What is currently perceived as a teacher shortage may in reality be a problem of teacher retention. This study examined the use of the Urban Teacher Selection Interview, developed by Martin Haberman, Ph.D., as a tool for choosing teachers for urban districts. Almost 36% of those teachers eligible for employment in Buffalo refused employment. This compares favorably with a national average of 40% of teachers who choose not to teach. In general, the higher the interview scores the longer a teacher was retained ...


Essay Review Of Higher Education’S Imperative: Rising To The Challenge Of Educating Citizens, Priya Kapoor, Dilafruz R. Williams Oct 2003

Essay Review Of Higher Education’S Imperative: Rising To The Challenge Of Educating Citizens, Priya Kapoor, Dilafruz R. Williams

Communication Faculty Publications and Presentations

This article provides a review of the book, "Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility" by by Anne Colby, Thomas Ehrlich, Elizabeth Beaumont, & Jason Stephens.


Traveling Lite With Skip: Pay Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain, William "Skip" Boyer Oct 2003

Traveling Lite With Skip: Pay Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain, William "Skip" Boyer

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article discussing the need for critical thinking in leadership.


Table Of Contents - Fall 2003 Oct 2003

Table Of Contents - Fall 2003

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Academic Leadership Journal Fall 2003 Table of Contents.


Making Music And Learning Leadership: Cassatt String Quartet, Susan Leshnower Oct 2003

Making Music And Learning Leadership: Cassatt String Quartet, Susan Leshnower

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article discussing the Cassatt String Quartet's efforts at teaching leadership through chamber music.


Line In The College Biz: What Happens When Capitalism And Education Collide? Teachers Become Clerks Selling Degrees., Lynne Drury Lerych Oct 2003

Line In The College Biz: What Happens When Capitalism And Education Collide? Teachers Become Clerks Selling Degrees., Lynne Drury Lerych

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article discussing trends in academia.


Academic Leadership In Ivy Tech State College: Academic Chairs’ Tasks And Job Challenges, Michael Petty Oct 2003

Academic Leadership In Ivy Tech State College: Academic Chairs’ Tasks And Job Challenges, Michael Petty

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

This study was conducted to establish baseline information about Ivy Tech State College academic chairs’ personal/background characteristics and to determine those chairs’ rating of the importance of their tasks and their perceptions of the job challenges they will face in the future. In addition, the study compared Ivy Tech chairs’ personal/ background characteristics and perceptions of their tasks and job challenges with the findings of the 1992 International Community College Chair Survey. Although there were some statistically different ratings, in essence both samples of chairs highly rate the importance of their myriad tasks and they are in general agreement ...


Accreditation And Assessment In Distance Learning, Janice M. Karlen Oct 2003

Accreditation And Assessment In Distance Learning, Janice M. Karlen

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

All accredited institutions in the United States that are involved in distance learning initiatives need to be concerned about how their programs and courses will be viewed by accreditation organizations. A review of the policies of several major accreditation associations and professional groups, national, regional and specialized, yields similar results when issues of distance learning are concerned. These requirements are reviewed. Virtually all accreditors require evidence of regular assessment processes. Alternative methods for conducting these assessments are proposed.


Cultivating The Habits Of Commonsense Leadership, James P. Evans Oct 2003

Cultivating The Habits Of Commonsense Leadership, James P. Evans

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

An article discussing strategies for cultivating good leadership habits.