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

92 Best Practices for Education Professionals
3
Overall support/emotional support––in class and outside of class
4
Neutral or negative response
Q10: In your learning communities, do you collaborate in problem-solving and
critical thinking about teacher education issues?
Code
Response category
0
No Response
1
Yes
2
No
3
Other
Q10a: If yes, briefly describe.
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Generalized educational issues (such as philosophy, teacher character-
istics)
2
Instructional techniques and planning
3
Specific educational issues (NCLB, Special Education)
4
Group work/study groups
5
Discussion/sharing ideas/
Q10b: If no, please describe the focus of your learning communities.
Code
Response category
1
Work on projects/class work
2
General discussion/sharing
Q11: In your learning communities, do you engage in any of the following, (check
all that apply):
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Study groups
2
Discussion groups (informal)
3
Project groups
4
Research groups
5
Sharing knowledge and experiences for mutual learning
6
Pose questions about practice and search for answers in practice as
well as theory
7
Activities that broaden your understanding of different pedagogies
NOTE! THERE ARE NO ITEMS NUMBERED 12 OR 13
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Q14: 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?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Increased motivation, motivation, and experience
2
Generalized positive response, such as “a lot”
3
No change
4
Negative change
5
Other positive or negative changes
Q15: How has your participation in learning communities influenced your edu-
cational philosophy/belief system?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1
Opened to new ideas/broadened understanding
2
Engaged in collaboration
3
Learned more about self/expanded philosophy
4
Become a better educator/student
5
No change
6
N/A
7
Unclear/other
8
Strengthened beliefs/reinforced ideas
9
Solve problems
Q16: How has your participation in learning communities nurtured your instruc-
tional and theoretical understanding of teaching?
Code
Response category
0
No response
1 Development of effective strategies/knowledge of ineffective
strategies
2
Understanding of teaching processes and theories
3
N/A/see other answers/somewhat
4
How to find and use support
5
Opened to new ideas and perspectives
6
Personal growth
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