Section archive - Teacher Educators
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It is the Shared Aims, Trust and Compassion that Allow People to Prosper: Teacher Educators´ Lifelong Learning in Competence-based Education
Teachers´ life-long learning and occupational well-being is significant in promoting educational goals and professional development. The aim of the study was to determine which factors contribute to teacher educators´ commitment to work and give them energy for work and self-development. The research data consisted of 24 teacher educators in Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The research method of this case study was a qualitative, thematic content analysis, the research approach phenomenography. The most important single factor seemed to be the community of teachers, students and the administrative staff which are included in dialogue and collaboration. Emotions, meaningfulness, and interaction play an important role, often via pedagogical fellowship. Committed teacher educators take responsibility for workplace culture and transformation of teaching. Positive attitudes, motivation, reflection, and dialogue seem to be connected to professional capability and the ethos of teacher educators´ work.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2022
Displaced academics: intended and unintended consequences of the changing landscape of teacher education
Given the intense politicisation of education, many teacher educators are caught in the cross-hairs of government’s reform agendas, university expectations and student teacher needs. This paper reports on a study of 28 literacy teacher educators in four countries (Canada, US, Australia and England). This paper reports on the broad question: How is politics affecting literacy teacher educators? Three specific aspects are considered: their pedagogies, identity and well-being. It describes how their pedagogy (goals and teaching strategies) has narrowed because of mandated curriculum and exit exams. It shows how their identity as academics is being complicated because they often do not have time for their research. And their well-being is compromised because of excessive external inspections and as their community in the university splinters.
Updated: Jul. 11, 2022
Who else is teaching the teachers? The subject discipline teacher educator in initial teacher education
In this study, the profile and practices of subject discipline teacher educators are examined, providing possibly the first investigation of this cadre of a teacher educator. The subject discipline teacher educator is a subject specialist involved in initial teacher education, for example, a physics lecturer teaching on an initial teacher education science course. The subject discipline teacher educators studied work in concurrent (post-primary) initial teacher education in Ireland. More than half of the teaching and learning experiences of student teachers on these courses happen within their subject discipline. Despite the considerable exposure of student teachers to subject discipline teacher educators, very little is known about this group. In a survey of 70 subject discipline teacher educators, several factors related to their profile and practices were analysed. The results indicate that subject discipline teacher educators are a distinctive group of teacher educators, committed to, and engaged in the practice of teacher education.
Updated: Jul. 11, 2022
Developing Teacher Educators’ Hybrid Identities by Negotiating Tensions in Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy: A Collaborative Self-Study
Intentional integration of knowledge from both K-12 practice and teacher preparation theories supports emerging teacher educators’ hybrid identity development. In this collaborative self-study, three teacher educators reflected upon the negotiation of tensions that arose in their efforts to promote culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy in K-12 and teacher education settings. Individual journals, recorded critical friend discussions, and teaching artifacts were used as data to support teacher educators’ critical reflections on their own practice and identity development. Data collection spanned teacher educators’ experiences teaching K-12 students in a summer writing camp, creating vignettes based on writing camp experiences, and implementing those vignettes in teacher education settings. Analysis surfaced tensions between teacher and teacher educator identities and between stated objectives and implicit assumptions focused on multicultural education reform. Implications of teacher educators’ sustained engagement in both K-12 and teacher preparation settings using the dual processes of reflection and action are discussed.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2022
A narrative inquiry of teacher educators’ professional agency, identity renegotiations, and emotional responses amid educational disruption
Employing a narrative inquiry, the study explored the way nine teacher educators responded temporally to the emotionally-laden challenges faced during the disruption to education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on their enactment of professional agency and renegotiation of their identities. Findings revealed seven conflicting themes located within personal, relational, and contextual spaces. Emotional experiences were further found to direct the dynamic forms of agency enacted, and consequently the consolidation or dismissal of renegotiated identities. The study concludes with the need to support teacher educators’ professional agency as a resource for transformative changes and innovations in teacher education.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2022
Teacher leaders as teacher educators: recognising the ‘educator’ dimension of some teacher leaders’ practice
The functions of teacher leaders and teacher educators, what they do, are critical in teacher education. This article presents the seemingly unexamined concept that some teacher leaders’ practice includes a teacher educator dimension. Evidence that supports this claim is provided by exploring the interrelationship between teacher leader and teacher educator functions using a focused analysis of the literature and findings from qualitative research. This research investigated the impact of a professional development programme for primary science leaders. Data were collected from strategic-level informants, programme mentors and science leaders using interviews, questionnaires and a focus group. The findings are analysed to provide a critical overview of the participants’ views of the requirements for successful leadership and development of primary science and to illustrate how educator and leader functions are intertwined in science leaders’ activities. The article considers the implications of recognising the educator dimension of some teacher leaders’ practice and asserts that these implications extend beyond the primary science context of the research. Acknowledging the contribution made by ‘unrecognised’ teacher educators and enabling them to contribute to and gain from the professional knowledge of the teacher educator community has significant potential to enrich practice in teacher education internationally, nationally and locally.
Updated: Feb. 14, 2022
The preparation of novice teacher educators for critical, justice-oriented teacher education: A longitudinal exploration of formal study in the pedagogy of teacher education
There continues to be limited focus on the preparation of teacher educators, particularly for teacher education aimed at challenging educational inequities. This case study explores the impact of a curricular approach to preparing novice teacher educators in the pedagogy of teacher education. Drawing on surveys, interviews, documents, and observations of practice, the study traces what novice teacher educators learned 5 years after enrolment in a doctoral course, and how this learning shaped their teacher education practice over time. The analysis illuminates conceptual and practical tools as well as unanticipated learning that were salient for novice teacher educators’ learning and practice.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2022
Teacher educators’ professional trajectories: evidence from Ireland, Israel, Norway and the Netherlands
This study describes higher education-based teacher educators’ professional trajectories, i.e. their professional activities and learning as developed throughout their career. Semi-structured interviews were held with 41 teacher educators from Ireland, Israel, Norway and the Netherlands. Findings show that teacher educators were recruited mainly from schools and universities. As novices, they received some, but no formal, support. Research and teaching are the main areas for on-the-job learning. Most teacher educators have positive attitudes towards research, are active researchers and contribute to teaching. However, they believe their respective institutes are not sufficiently appreciative of teaching, given that institutes do not prioritise practice-oriented research, nor align their policies with research findings. While socially coherent and idealistic attitudes are present among teacher educators, they are predominantly responsive to institutes’ perceived individualistic and pragmatic expectations. Such expectations include contribution to their institutes’ academic status through their academic publications.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2021
Caring, Sharing and Giving without any Hesitation: Teacher Educators’ Perceptions and Practices of Citizenship Education at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman
The current article aims to analyse the perceptions of teacher educators about citizenship and their related teaching practices. The study adopted a qualitative method to collect the data by interviewing five teacher educators from college of education, Sultan Qaboos University. The findings showed that those educators associated citizenship with patriotism and a personally responsible vision of citizenship. In addition, they reported limited practices pertinent to citizenship education and clearly expressed their need for professional development in citizenship education.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2021
Four reasons for becoming a teacher educator: A large-scale study on teacher educators’ motives and well-being
The authors developed a new survey instrument to investigate teacher educators’ motives for entering the profession and examined the associations between motives and job satisfaction and emotional exhaustion in both teachers and teacher educators. Using data from 145 teacher educators instructing in-service teachers, they identified four motives: career aspirations, social contribution, escaping routines, and coincidence. While escaping routines represents a ‘push’ factor associated with emotional exhaustion in teachers, career aspirations represent a ‘pull’ factor associated with job satisfaction in teacher educators. The instrument can be used as a self-assessment tool for the recruitment of teacher educators.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2021