A Critical, Interactive, Transparent & Evolving (CITE) Research Data-Base for Initial Teacher Education in Literacy (ITEL)
We are a community of researchers and literacy teacher educators working to develop a tool that can be used to improve literacy teacher preparation through research (see Development Team). Our goal through the CITE-ITEL project is to create access to and a dialogue around the existing research literature that is focused on initial teacher preparation in literacy. CITE-ITEL is an acronym standing for Critical, Interactive, Transparent, Evolving (CITE) research base for Initial Teacher Education in Literacy (ITEL). We envision this site as providing a forum for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to engage with this growing body of research.
On this home page, you will see several links that take you into the CITE-ITEL data base. If you are a first-time visitor to CITE-ITEL we encourage you to register (at no cost). Registering will give you access to the interactive features of CITE-ITEL.
The Articles link will take you to all of the articles that are currently included in the CITE-ITEL data-base. The articles are organized alphabetically by the first author’s last name. If you are looking for a specific article or author, you can use the search box to locate the article or the author. If you click on the article entry, you will be taken to the initial article analysis page for that article. All of the articles included in CITE-ITEL meet the following criteria: published in English in a peer reviewed journal; Describe, as a significant part of the research, a focus on preparation in the area of literacy teaching (not just using PTs as participants but on preparation to teach); include a focus on data collected around preservice teachers or teacher educators or both; present clearly stated research questions (or purposes), a description of methodology, and a report of findings; report an empirical study with new data or a secondary analysis of existing data; focus on questions related to the preparation of teachers (K-12) in initial licensure programs. All of the articles currently included in CITE-ITEL were published between 1999 and 2019. Each year, we work to expand the range of articles moving forward and back by one year.
The Journals link operates in a similar way. These are the journals where the CITE-ITEL articles are published. The journals are listed alphabetically and you can search the system. If you follow the link to a specific journal you will see the articles that have been published that are part of our data-base.
The Categories link will take you to into the structure we use within the system to reflect the focus for the articles. Each article is linked to these major topics with Categories that are nested within Topics. Following the link to any of these categories will give you a list of the articles that have been linked to that Topic. These links were made as part of the article analysis.
One of the uses of CITE-ITEL we hope to encourage is the the publication of research syntheses around topics. The Synthesis link will take you to the topics that have been published in the professional literature using CITE-ITEL. If you have an interest in writing a literature sythesis in an area using CITE-ITEL, we encourage you to contact us directly as we can provide additional support and access to the system.
The Interactive features of CITE-ITEL are enable the user to interact with the development team as well as other scholars using the system. The user has a critical role in the evolving nature of CITE-ITEL. User discussion can be accessed through the links on this page and throughout the system. If you have comments, questions, corrections, suggestions, critiques or just the desire to interact with researchers, teacher educators and policy makers, PLEASE use the interactive features of CITE-ITEL. Discussion on the content contained here is at the heart of making CITE-ITEL a dialogic synthesis. You must register to use the interactive features. It’s a very easy process that will take only a few minutes and you only have to register once.
Finally, if you are interested in joining the CITE-ITEL delopment team, please contact us and we will offer several options for participation.