International Portal of Teacher Education

Articles of the week

This study aimed to investigate whether the levels of cognitive load and ambiguity are higher in the control group, who received an ad hoc feedback, than in the experimental group, who received a structured feedback. The findings suggest that the use of structured keywords for delivering immediate performance feedback is more beneficial than the ad hoc mode of delivering performance feedback on the three defined problems of pre-service teachers.
The purpose of this study aimed to gain an understanding of teachers' expertise.
It also aimed to determine the extent to which improvisation was a facet of advanced professional practice. The findings reveal that teacher’s expertise is best expressed as continually evolving practice. The participants argued that advanced practitioners use their expertise to adapt and to interact with their pupils in order to create the conditions in which learning can, and does, take place. The findings also showed that teacher expertise is seen as fundamentally improvisatory through being socially constructed and that this has a positive impact on the quality of teaching. The author found that the primary concern of the teachers was to develop relationships with pupils in order to maximise interaction in the classroom.
This study explores 10 pre-service English foreign language (EFL) teachers' motivation change in a Government-funded Normal Program in China. The findings reveal that the participants’ motivations experienced ups and downs in the process of learning to teach, which ultimately led to their enhanced intrinsic motivations towards teaching. Further, the authors found that the pre-service teachers' engagement with their peers and the teacher educators in the coursework facilitated their cognitive learning with positive influences on their self-efficacy and also brought them a sense of social connectedness, which together contributed to their motivational development.