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The current bulletin represents the latest articles and some significant trends published in academic journals that focus on teacher education, pedagogy and instruction.

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April 9, 2008 International Portal of Teacher Education
April 2008
Featured Items
Effects of Teacher Induction on Beginning Teachers' Teaching: A Critical Review of the Literature
The study explores the effects of induction into beginning teachers' ideas and practice of teaching. Three approaches to understanding the effect are: the assumed effects based on theoretical assumptions, the analysis of the effects through teachers' reports, and effects of using multiple data sources.
Teachers' perceptions of what was most (and least) supportive during their first year of teaching
The article described a study using mail-in surveys regarding the most and least supportive element of mentoring. Among teachers who were mentored, the experience was the most supportive. Colleagues and administrative support were identified as the most supportive for teachers who were not mentored. Both groups cited similar least supportive factors. Both cited administration, training, and lack of materials.
Stages of collaboration and the realities of professional learning communities
Conflicts arising in learning communities are the subject of the study. An analysis of a small group of teachers over a 2-year period was conducted. Data gathered included journal entries, focus-group discussions and individual interviews. Weick's (1979) four developmental stages of collaboration provide a broader understanding of why conflict occurs in learning communities and its effect on collaborative learning.
Using Supported Video Exemplars for the Professional Development of Preservice Elementary School Teachers
The study describes the use of video episodes in elementary mathematics classrooms. The focus of this study was to investigate the benefits of supporting software to enhance preservice teachers' understanding of teaching mathematics.
Action Research in Education: Addressing Gaps in Ethical Principles and Practices
The article reviews potential ethical problems associated with action research in K-12 classrooms, and the difficulties action researchers encounter with policies and procedures of institutional review boards. The authors provide recommendations for future practice for the schools, review boards, and teacher educators.
Pre-service teachers’ defensive pessimism in situ: Two case studies within a mathematics classroom
The article examines mathematics pre-service teachers' defensive pessimism. Two case analyses are provided and both studies examine the anxiety, self-esteem, expectations, self regulation and self-handicapping of the teachers. Teachers are encouraged to support defensive pessimism learning strategies, such as perseverance and the use of multiple representation.
Teacher education programmes delivered at a distance: An examination of distance student perceptions
The article discusses technological innovations and their effect on education. Specifically, the writers focus on distance education in general and teacher education in particular. The study revealed differing perceptions between male and female students as far as course structure, student/teacher interaction, overall satisfaction and peer interaction. The study offers recommendations for distance education courses worldwide.
April 2008
All Recent Items
Multiculturalism & Diversity

Race, Ethnicity and Difference versus Imagined Homogeneity within the European Union
Taking Identity Seriously: dilemmas for education policy and practice
Education and Diversity in the Netherlands
Teachers’ Ideas about Multicultural Education in a Changing Society: the case of the Czech Republic
Culture-Blind? Parental Discourse on Religion, Ethnicity and Secularism in the French Educational Context
The Impossibility of Minority Ethnic Educational ‘Success’? An Examination of the Discourses of Teachers and Pupils in British Secondary Schools
From Foreigner Pedagogy to Intercultural Education: an analysis of the German responses to diversity and its impact on schools and students

Professional Development

A Mixed Methods Analysis of Learning in Online Teacher Professional Development: A Case Report
Case Studies of Mathematics Teachers’ Learning in an Online Study Group
Beacons of light, rays, or sun catchers? A case study of the positioning of literacy teachers and their knowledge in neoliberal times
Teaching teachers to just say “know”: Reflections on drug education
The antecedents of teacher satisfaction with professional development programs
Video as a tool for fostering productive discussions in mathematics professional development
Teaching communication skills in science: Tracing teacher change
Identifying and evaluating teachers’ knowledge in relation to child abuse and neglect: A qualitative study with Australian early childhood teachers
Raising standards in American schools? Problems with improving teacher quality

TE & Instruction

Bringing New Literacies into the Content Area Literacy Methods Course
Mathematics teachers’ “learning to notice” in the context of a video club
Coping with high-achieving transnationalist immigrant students: The experience of Israeli teachers
Building a framework for determining the authenticity of instructional tasks within teacher education programs
Through the camera's eye: A phenomenological analysis of teacher subjectivity
Whither constructivism?—A chemistry teachers’ perspective
Inductive Reasoning: A Training Approach
Does Creative Drama Promote Language Development in Early Childhood? A Review of the Methods and Measures Employed in the Empirical Literature
Focus on Formative Feedback
The things (we think) we (ought to) do: Ideological processes and practices in teaching

Research Methods

Action Research in Education: Addressing Gaps in Ethical Principles and Practices
Signature Pedagogies in Doctoral Education: Are They Adaptable for the Preparation of Education Researchers?
Effects of International Comparative Studies on Educational Quality on the Quality of Educational Research
Children's lost voices: ethical issues in relation to undertaking collaborative, practice-based projects involving schools and the wider community.
Action research in initial teacher education: an explorative study
'I know it's not proper research, but ': how professionals' understandings of research can frustrate its potential for CPD.
Researching across boundaries and borders: the challenges for research
The responsive case study: action research and action learning in short courses.
Reflective reproduction: a figurative approach to reflecting in, on, and about action
The start-up phase in a research and development work project: A foundation for development

Mentoring & Supervision

Is mentoring throughout the fourth and fifth grades associated with improved psychosocial functioning in children?
Mentoring support and the professional development of beginning teachers: a Chinese perspective
Mentoring women faculty: an instrumental case study of strategic collaboration
Model for teacher mentoring of poor and minority children: a case study of an urban Israeli school mentoring program
Peer tutoring and social dynamics in higher education
Promoting versatility in mentor teachers’ use of supervisory skills
Effects of collaborative mentoring on the articulation of training and classroom situations: A case study in the French school system
Stages of collaboration and the realities of professional learning communities

TE Programs

Defining moments: Developing culturally responsive dispositions and teaching practices in early childhood preservice teachers
A faculty–librarian collaboration for developing information literacy skills among preservice teachers
Teacher education programmes delivered at a distance: An examination of distance student perceptions

Preservice Students

Using Supported Video Exemplars for the Professional Development of Preservice Elementary School Teachers

Beginning Teachers

Teachers' perceptions of what was most (and least) supportive during their first year of teaching
The role of the cooperating teacher: bridging the gap between the expectations of cooperating teachers and student teachers
A person Oriented Approach to Characterizing Beginning Teachers in Alternative Certification Programs.
Effects of Teacher Induction on Beginning Teachers' Teaching: A Critical Review of the Literature

Teaching Assessment

High-Stakes Testing and Curricular Control: A Qualitative Metasynthesis
Students’ Motivation for Standardized Math Exams

Technology & Computers

Enhancing Case-Based Learning in Teacher Education Through Online Discussions: Structure and Facilitation
The Sites Teachers Choose: A Gauge of Classroom Web Use
Digital Video in the Classroom: Integrating Theory and Practice
Inquiry, Immigration and Integration: ICT in Preservice Teacher Education
Using Technology Tools to Engage Students with Multiple Learning Styles in a Constructivist Learning Environment
Improving Expository Writing Skills of Preservice Teachers in an Online Environment
Editorial: Research on the Effectiveness of Technology in Schools: The Roles of Pedagogy and Content
Creating Social Relationships: The Role of Technology in Preservice Teacher Preparation

Theories & Approaches

Educational Policy and Practice From the Perspective of Institutional Theory: Crafting a Wider Lens
Interrogating Classroom Relationships and Events: Using Portraiture and Critical Race Theory in Education Research
Learning Anytime, Anywhere: Advanced Distributed Learning and the Changing Face of Education
School Adjustment in the Early Grades: Toward an Integrated Model of Neighborhood, Parental, and Child Processes
A philosophical investigation of the role of teachers: A synthesis of Plato, Confucius, Buber, and Freire
Male Teachers as Role Models: Addressing Issues of Masculinity, Pedagogy and the Re-Masculinization of Schooling

TE - General Trends

The Leadership Dimensions of Education Deans
An examination of knowledge prioritisation in secondary physical education teacher education courses
Working towards balance: Arts integration in pre-service teacher education in an era of standardization
Pre-service teachers’ defensive pessimism in situ: Two case studies within a mathematics classroom
Learning to teach science: Personal epistemologies, teaching goals, and practices of teaching
Educative experiences and early childhood science education: A Deweyan perspective on learning to observe
Listening to Students, Negotiating Beliefs: Preparing Teachers for Urban Classrooms

April 2008
 
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