CONGRATULATIONS to Ann Traynor, who successfully defended her Capstone on June 13th. Her Capstone, “An Examination of Administrators’ Framing of the Basic Skills Test Requirement“, examined how teacher preparation program administrators framed the basic skills test requirement (BSR) in the context of its impact on the diversification of teacher education programs. Research questions were designed to elicit administrators’ policies, practices and supports for students of color to meet the BSR. Methods included interviews with eight administrators at three institutions, document analysis, and the use of framing theory as an analytical tool.
She found that BSR policies and supports were related to senior-level administrator priorities and resource constraints, administrators’ worldview was reflected in the type of support they provided for diversity, and administrators’ diagnostic framing of the BSR was aligned with their role and responsibilities.