6. Students’ Experiences in Learning Communities within Teacher Education (5/6) – Best Practices for Education Professionals

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___ general education faculty
___ P-12 school teachers
___ other (please list)
6.
Of the following, who would you like to have as members of your learning
communities (please check all that apply):
___ other students
___ education faculty
___ content/concentration area faculty
___ general education faculty
___ P-12 school teachers
___ other (please list:……………………)
7.
In what environments do your learning communities meet?
8.
In what ways do you consider the members of your learning communities an
academic support system?
9.
In what ways do you consider the members of your learning communities a
social/emotional support system?
10.
In your learning communities, do you collaborate in problem-solving and criti-
cal thinking about teacher education issues?
YES
NO
(a)
If yes, briefly describe.
(b)
If no, please describe the focus of your learning communities.
11.
In your learning communities, do you engage in any of the following, (check
all that apply):
___ study groups
___ discussion groups
___ project groups
___ research groups
___ sharing knowledge and experiences for mutual learning
___ pose questions about practice and search for answers in practice as well as
theory
___ activities that broaden your understanding of different pedagogies
NOTE: There were no items numbered 12 or 13.
14.
To what extent, if any, have your initial conceptions of what it means to be a
teacher changed as a result of your participation and membership in learning
communities?
15.
How has your participation in learning communities influenced your educa-
tional philosophy/belief system?
16.
How has your participation in learning communities nurtured your instruction-
al and theoretical understanding of teaching?
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C. Focus group meetings will take place over the next three week. Please provide
your name, phone number, and email address on the attached form and indicate
three dates/times you are available.
Focus group contact information: PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY
Name:
_____________________________________________________________
Phone Number:________________________________________________________
Email Address:________________________________________________________
Please number your TOP THREE times of availability below (1, 2, 3):
Day/Date Time
APPENDIX B
Numeric Coding Scheme for Survey Items
Demographics = 8 items
Gender
Code
Response Category
1
Female
2
Male
Age
Code
Response category
Under 25 (traditional age)
Age 25 or older (non-traditional age)
Ethnicities
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
White (and variations)
2
Black
First Generation
Code
Response category
1
Yes
2
No
Live off campus
Code
Response category
1
Yes
2
No
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Academic Content Area or Concentration
Code
Response Category
1
Art
2
Social Studies
3
Social Studies/Anthropology
4
English
5
Geography
6
Math
7
Biology
8
Music
9
French
10
Science
11
Earth Science
12
Education
Education Program
Code
Response Category
1
Childhood (includes Early Childhood)
2
Adolescence
3
Special Education
Level of Program
Code
Response Category
1
Undergraduate
2
Graduate
Q1: Based on your understanding of learning communities, do [you] feel you are
or have been part of one of more learning communities?
Code
Response category
1
Yes
2
No
Q1a: Why or why not? (identifying the type of learning community based on the
types offered.)
Code
Response Category
0
No response
1
Student cohorts/integrative seminar
2
Linked courses/course clusters
3
Coordinated study
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4
Informal group
5
Other responses
Q2: How were your learning communities formed?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Instructor
2
Administrator
3
Instructor/Administrator
4
Peer
5
Both
Q3: Are your learning communities formal or informal?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Formal
2
Informal
3
Both
4
Don’t know
Q4: Who are members of your learning communities?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Peers/other students/classmates/education majors
2
Professors/teachers/PDEs/professionals/faculty/instructors
3
Family, friends, co-workers
4
Children
5
Anyone who is willing/everyone/too many to name
Q5: Do you consider any of the following to be members of your learning
communities?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Other students
2
Education faculty
3
Content/concentration area faculty
4
General education faculty
5
P-12 schoolteachers
6
Other
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Q6: Of the following, who would you like to have as members of your learning
communities?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Other students
2
Education faculty
3
Content/concentration area faculty
4
General education faculty
5
P-12 schoolteachers
6
Other
Q7: In what environments do your learning communities meet?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Classrooms/classroom settings/university or college classrooms
2
Other academic settings
3
Informal settings (e.g., homes, dorms, coffee shop, etc.)
Q8: In what ways do you consider the members of your learning communities an
academic support system?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Help/support
2
Answers to questions/feedback
3
Information/ideas
4
Problem solving/critical thinking
5
Share/work together/collaborate
6
Advice/guidance/experience
7
Discussion/elaboration
8
Depends
Q9: In what ways do you consider the members of your learning communities a
social/emotional support system?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Knowing each other/guidance and advice/sharing experiences and
ideas
2
Becoming and being friends