Thursday, February 18, 2016

Matt Ronfeldt earns 2016 AACTE Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award

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Matt Ronfeldt has earned the 2016 Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award from the American Association of Colleges for Education (AACTE) for his article, “Field Placement Schools and Instructional Effectiveness,” published in the September/October 2015 issue of the journal.

Deborah Loewenberg Ball said, “Ronfeldt’s study investigates the relationship of field placements—a key component of teacher preparation—to beginning teachers’ instructional effectiveness. He finds that placing student teachers in schools with more positive organizational cultures is more likely to prepare them to be instructionally effective. Ronfeldt’s article is exemplary both for its design and analytic approach as well as for challenging common assumptions about how best to prepare teachers who are ready to teach in urban schools.”

The AACTE review committee noted that it chose Ronfeldt’s article over the other strong contenders because it addresses a core topic within teacher preparation. “The link between the field placement of teacher candidates and how they learn to be effective teachers is an enduring issue in the field, and the findings from this well-designed and large-scale study offer some important insights,” said Mistilina Sato, chair of the AACTE Committee on Research and Dissemination. “This paper also suggests a call to the field to better understand the effects of field placements on preservice teacher learning.” To read more, see the AACTE’s media release.

The award will be presented at the 68th AACTE Annual Meeting Speaker Spotlight Session on Thursday, February 25, at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

Matthew Ronfeldt is Associate Professor

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