International Portal of Teacher Education

Articles of the week

Teacher education is a leading issue in education research, and creativity has been targeted as an important goal in teacher education.
This study investigated little-c creativity in first-year preservice teacher candidates, as manifested in their yearlong fieldwork.
It was designed as a qualitative empirical study.
Three major themes related to the candidates’ creativity and the components that fostered it were revealed.
The first was the process the candidates underwent to construct and implement their initiatives;
the second was related to the process that the candidates underwent as they transitioned from feelings of chaos to creativity; and the third was the candidates’ interpersonal relationships.
The authors conclude that preservice teacher education should provide unique experiences that foster creativity.
The purpose of this paper is to present and discuss contrasting perceptions regarding “leadership and mentoring” among leaders of Norwegian early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres in their mentoring practices with newly qualified early childhood teachers (NQTs).
Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with eight leaders in Norwegian ECEC centres.
Leaders in dual roles as leaders and mentors have varying orientations in mentoring NQTs.
The paper presents the findings as two main orientations: an individual and an organizational orientation.
Individually oriented leaders as mentors focus on individual needs and support of the NQT. Organizationally oriented leaders as mentors emphasize collective reflection and learning in the staff group and include NQTs in various learning processes in the ECEC centre.
The study contributes to increased knowledge on how leaders’ views on leadership and organization influence their mentoring with NQTs. The study is relevant for leaders in other educational settings such as schools.