Weber State University Department of Teacher Education: Teachers, Students, andCommunities Working Together for Student Achievement
Jack RasmussenForrest Crawford
Weber State University (Ogden, Utah, USA) is a coeducational, publicly supported university offering professional, liberal arts and technical certificates, as well as associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The university prides itself in its excellent teaching, extraordinarycommitment to meeting the needs of students at every stage of life and ongoing service to thecommunity. Emphasizing its strength as a teaching college, the university’s faculty and staff are noted for preparing students to understand, work, and participate as citizens in a growing diverse and global society (Weber State University Fast Facts, 2009).
Challenges to Teacher Education in Brazil and Worldwide: Keeping the Dream of Bringing the Best Education for all
Marta Luz Sisson de Castro
This paper discusses teacher education from a Brazilian perspective by initially presenting some general data about the Brazilian educational system and data about the characteristics of Brazilianteachers. It brings to the topic data from two studies that looked at the conditions of work of municipal teachers in the South Region of Brazil and a Case Study of distance teacher education in Nova Prata do Iguaçú in Paraná. The key issues highlighted are that elementary teachers in Brazil are poorly paid, have poor working conditions and are under educated for the important work of teaching. Improvement in conditions is needed to attract and retain good teachers in the profession.
Promoting Pre-service Teachers’ Critical Thinking in an Educational Measurement Course
Minghui GaoandXu Zhao
This study investigated the effects of a teacher education course on promoting pre-service teachers’ critical thinking abilities. Participants (n = 124) included junior and senior pre-service teachers whotook an Educational Measurement course at a southern university in the United States. The Ennis-Weir Critical Thinking Essay Test was administered at the beginning and end of a fall semester and the following spring semester. The results showed that, in general, pre-service teachers taking the Educational Measurement course witnessed significant growth in their ability to recognize the lack of reasons or evidence in an argument. Those who majored in language, arts and general sciences alsowitnessed significant growth in their ability to evaluate
the irrelevance/relevance of reasoning inothers’ arguments.