How we MEdT: Becoming Agents of Change

By Eva Ponte, Sean Abe, Neil Orden and Lisa Shechtman.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In this paper we present the results of our study investigating how the Master of Education in Teaching program prepares its students to become teacher leaders and agents of change. Results from survey, interviews, and focus groups with past, present, and prospective students are included. Findings indicate that program graduates are satisfied with the preparation received in the program and that most stay in the educational field and consider themselves as agents of change. The analysis also reveals some shortcomings of the program, such as insufficient consistency of faculty and communication with new partnership schools. The study may be useful for others in teacher education programs aiming to train their students as teacher leaders.

Keywords: Teachers, Agents of Change, Teacher-Researcher, Teacher Exemplars, Teacher Education

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.69-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 557.296KB).

Dr. Eva Ponte

Assistant Professor, Master of Education in Teaching, Institute for Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

Ms. Ponte is an Assistant Professor at the College of Education, UH Manoa. Her work focuses on ways to enhance classroom instructional practices and teacher education, especially using assessment, feedback, and evaluation. She has worked with minority and bilingual students and is interested the promotion of equity and diversity in the school and higher education systems. She obtained her B.A. in Education from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and completed her graduate work in the field of Education at the University of California, Berkeley (M.A. & Ph. D.).

Sean Abe

Graduate Student, Master of Education in Teaching Program, Institute for Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

Mr. Abe is a second year student in the Master of Education in Teaching program at the College of Education, UH Manoa. His teaching philosophy focuses on helping students to achieve their full potential and develop critical thinking skills in an intellectually safe learning environment. He has worked in Korea and Japan teaching English and is interested in helping students of all backgrounds succeed in the classroom.

Neil Orden

Graduate Student, Master of Education in Teaching Program, Institute for Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

Mr. Orden is a second year Master of Education in Teaching program student and will be teaching First Grade for his internship. Prior to the MEdT program, he has worked with students at the elementary level, teaching Hawaiian Studies and volunteering in summer reading camps. He obtained a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Lisa Shechtman

Graduate Student, Master of Education in Teaching Program, Institute for Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

Ms. Shechtman is a second year graduate student in the Master of Education in Teaching program at the University of Hawaii. She earned her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, majoring in Politics and International Relations. Ms. Shechtman is currently completing her Master’s degree requirements as a 5th grade teacher in Pearl City, HI.

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