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Search Results for 'Decision making' (Keyword)
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1   |   From section Teacher Educators
Focused Career Choices: How Teacher Educators Can Assist Students with Purposeful Career Decision-Making throughout a Teacher Education Program
In this paper, the authors illuminate aspects of career choice and conflict for teacher education students seeking initial Licensure. They also address foundational knowledge on career decision-making. The authors review studies to understand why people decide to pursue a career in teaching, despite the high turnover in this profession. The authors conclude that the literature reviewed indicates that direct career decision-making is either not being frequently conducted within teacher education programs or it is not seen as an important aspect of research. This paper argues that a teacher education program should be such an inviting and trustworthy place, where students can engage in quiet or in conversation to ensure that they are pursuing the career that is right for them.
Publication Year: 2011    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
2   |   From section Theories & Approaches
How Can Schools of Education Help to Build Educators’ Capacity to Use Data? A Systemic View of the Issue
The objective of this article is to understand what schools of education are doing to prepare teachers to use data in their practice. The study examined the extent to which schools of education teach stand-alone courses on data-driven decision making or integrate data use concepts into existing courses. It also examined state licensure and certification requirements to determine if and how data use is included in documentation. The analyses yield several key findings. First, schools of education report that they are teaching stand-alone courses on data-driven decision making. The syllabus analyses provide a deeper examination into what actually is being taught in a subset of the courses. The licensure analyses provide a perspective on how education may view data literacy.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: March 16, 2017
3   |   From section Mentoring & Supervision
Protégé Growth Themes Emergent in a Holistic, Undergraduate Peer-Mentoring Experience
The purpose of this study was to understand the ways in which undergraduates grew and developed through participation in a holistic peer-mentoring experience. Twenty-two patterns of protégé growth emerged from the analysis of the data, which were organized conceptually into six overarching, emergent themes of protégé development: academic skills and knowledge, career decision-making, connectedness to others, maturity, physical wellbeing, and aspiration. The authors argue that the very high rates of protégé growth within the themes of academics, social connectedness, and maturity raise the possibility that growth in these thematic dimensions may be synergistic and mutually reinforcing.
Publication Year: 2012    |    Updated in ITEC: November 9, 2016
4   |   From section Theories & Approaches
What Is Reflection? Looking for Clarity in an Ambiguous Notion
The purpose of this article is to look for clarity about what reflection is, what it is not, and how it works, by closely revisiting the seminal works of Dewey, Schön, and Wertheimer. It is argued that reflection is a descriptive notion—not a prescriptive one—and that it refers to the thinking process engaged in giving coherence to an initially unclear situation.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: October 5, 2016
5   |   From section Theories & Approaches
Demystifying the Data-Based Decision-Making Process
This article aims to describe a conceptual model, including specific skills and processes of data-based decision making, to address accountability demands for continuous improvement based upon student learning results across multiple contexts. Considerations for implementation by teacher educators will be shared to build a comprehensive system of sustained school reform.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: January 25, 2016
6   |   From section Instruction in Teacher Training
Student Teachers’ Collaborative Research: Small-scale Research Projects during Teacher Education
This study examined the inquiry processes of two research groups in teacher education with the aim of answering the following research question: To what extend and in what way do student teachers, in the context of a research project, engage in elaboration and decision making during the research process? The results of both of these research groups exemplify how both decision making and elaboration are necessary elements to reach the full potential of a collaborative research project. The authors have shown that a research activity in which student teachers are supposed to collaborate is challenging and requires hard work. Alongside everything else that student teachers have to do for both the institute and at school, they experience much time pressure.
Publication Year: 2012    |    Updated in ITEC: August 9, 2015
7   |   From section Teacher Educators
Reinventing the Role of the University Researcher
This article describes a study which examined the structuring of university–community research partnerships that facilitate theoretically grounded research while also generating findings that community partners find actionable. Through their focus on the evolution of this university–community collaboration, they show how researchers established their commitment to a mutually beneficial exchange. They also show how data-driven action emerged when community agencies assumed ownership and prioritized action throughout the research process.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: July 8, 2015
8   |   From section Assessment & Evaluation
Assessing Beyond Minimal Compliance
The purpose of this case study was to investigate the impact of using an electronic assessment systems (EAS) beyond meeting minimal teacher education program compliance obligations. The findings reveal that many of the challenges the authors have encountered while implementing this yearly evaluation cycle fall into three categories: data, analysis, and ownership. Based on their experiences, the authors suggest a framework for the systematic, continuous review of assessment data, a Yearly Program Evaluation Cycle. They argue that having a systematic assessment model helps build agreement among faculty and administration regarding assessment planning, analyzing results, and, then later, implementing the changes based on this analysis.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: May 12, 2015
9   |   From section Instruction in Teacher Training
The Case for Increasing Workplace Decision-Making: Proposing a Model for Special Educator Attrition Research
The purpose of this article is to advance a research-based model to provide guidance for school administrators and researchers. The proposed model combines five thematic, contributing factors and a sixth, relatively understudied factor, workplace decision-making, to illustrate factor effects on special educators’ perceptions of job satisfaction and, ultimately, career decisions.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: April 15, 2015
10   |   From section Beginning Teachers
The Influence of a Technology-Based Internship on First-Year Teachers’ Instructional Decision-Making
This study examined the influence of technology-based internships on teachers’ instructional decision-making during their first year in the classroom. The findings indicated that the technology internship exposed participants to such realities as time and classroom management, adaptation to available technology resources, and introducing new tools to students.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: February 17, 2015
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