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Rainer, Julie

Works: 3 works in 3 publications in 1 language and 2 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Julie Rainer
Constructivist Pedagogy in Primary Classrooms by Julie Rainer( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Noting the difficulty in translating constructivist theory into effective practice, this study examined how primary school teachers implemented constructivist education into their kindergarten through second-grade classrooms. Participating in the study were six teachers who had received master's degrees from a constructivist program and who had been rated by faculty as successful on five dimensions related to constructivist theory. Data were collected by means of classroom observations, interviews, and surveys. These were analyzed using the qualitative methods of developing constructs, writing analytic memos, defining conceptual schemes, and writing classroom vignettes. The findings revealed that three teachers used more traditional approaches and three used more constructivist approaches. All scored high on the constructivist teaching scale of the Teachers' Belief Survey. The traditional teachers scored just as high on the behaviorist scale, whereas the constructivist teachers scored significantly lower. Teaching processes varied between the two groups, although both groups respected children, motivated hands-on activities, and provided effective management. A focused analysis of the three constructivist teachers and their classrooms supports the elements of constructivist classrooms identified by DeVries and others (1998) as well as three broader characteristics: the importance of children, interactions among classroom participants, and engagement in academic activity. A vignette of one classroom illustrates important constructs to consider in constructivist education, including respectful relationships, real conversations and purposeful talking, intellectual engagement, and shared ownership and responsibility in behavior, learning, and the classroom environment. (Contains 31 references.) (Kb)
Coming Together--Respectfully: Building Community in Teacher Education by Julie Rainer( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Many researchers recommend building community to promote k-12 school improvement, noting the importance of teachers experiencing community in teacher education. This paper examines the concept of a learning community in the context of teacher education. It describes a 2-year qualitative study of community in a master's degree program. The program is a four-semester, cohort-based program of graduate study for practicing teachers. Content is integrated over time rather than divided into specific courses. The program begins with an initial retreat designed to build personal and professional relationships. Participants work on negotiation, consensus building, coaching, reflection, collegiality, participative decision making, and celebration. Data collection involved two cohorts of participants (university faculty and k-5 teachers), including observations of events and processes, systematic written responses from teachers, interviews with faculty, faculty ratings of teachers, and artifacts collected over 27 months. Results from the data analysis provide information on what community is in teacher education, the role of community in teacher education, what contributes to community, and what the struggles are in a community. Findings suggest that learning communities in the context of a program based on constructivist principles serve a variety of roles. (Contains 28 references.) (Sm)
The management of change in Leicester College Library and Learning Resources by Julie Rainer( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.97 (from 0.97 for Coming Tog ... to 1.00 for The manage ...)

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