Project Title

Building bridges from teacher preparation to early career success: Studying the influence of explicit instruction on teacher candidates’ awareness and use of terms to describe effective teaching

Name of Award

Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

Date Awarded

6-2014

Department/School

Education

Project Description

Suzanne Kabak, Associate Professor of Education, received a $7,084 Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant to investigate if direct instruction about Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, a tool used by districts in the Twin Cities Metro area to evaluate in-service teachers’ instructional expertise, combined with clinical fieldwork experiences, influence teacher candidates’ ability to notice and name attributes of effective instruction. The influence of the intervention will be evident in two contexts: First, in teacher candidates’ ability to accurately use the language of effective practices when describing observations of exemplary teacher videos. Second, in teacher candidates’ ability to accurately use the language of effective practices when preparing a written reflection about their own teaching for the edTPA portfolio, a student teaching work sample project required for licensure in Minnesota.

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