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American Journal of Educational Research. 2019, 7(7), 445-454
DOI: 10.12691/education-7-7-3
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Responsive Middle Level Teacher Education: Learning from Central Alberta Middle School Leaders

Julia Rheaume1, , Jim Brandon2, J. Kent Donlevy2 and Dianne Gereluk2

1Red Deer College, Alberta

2University of Calgary, Alberta

Pub. Date: July 02, 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hiring Teachers: The Issues)

Cite this paper:
Julia Rheaume, Jim Brandon, J. Kent Donlevy and Dianne Gereluk. Responsive Middle Level Teacher Education: Learning from Central Alberta Middle School Leaders. American Journal of Educational Research. 2019; 7(7):445-454. doi: 10.12691/education-7-7-3

Abstract

This instrumental case study examined the perspectives of 43 middle school administrators on effective middle level education to inform the evolution of a teacher education program in central Alberta, Canada. Analysis of data gathered through an online survey and focus group interviews yielded three merged findings on salient elements of the middle school concept and the key competencies required of effective beginning middle level teachers, including: (a) teaming and developmentally responsive practices are deemed essential middle school concepts; (b) effective beginning middle school teachers should demonstrate professional knowledge and skills, including the ability to create learner-centred, inclusive environments; and (c) effective beginning middle school teachers should possess certain dispositions, especially those that promote positive, productive relationships. These findings and the implications arising from them are contributing to the evolution of the teacher education program at Red Deer College and may be of benefit to teacher educators seeking to develop more responsive programming in other settings.

Keywords:
beginning teacher effectiveness; teacher education learner-centered

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