Section archive - Beginning Teachers
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This longitudinal study examined the curricular approaches of 14 student-teachers in training to teach Jewish subjects, from the preservice training stage through the beginning of teaching in secondary schools. This study focuses on the student-teachers’ approaches to curriculum and the differences in their attitudes toward two formal study programs: Jewish Philosophy and Bible studies, that differ in character and essence. The study’s findings identified differences in the curricular approaches held by the participating student-teachers from the beginning of training through professional teaching. Furthermore, it seems that the institutional component was a significant factor in the differences between the two subjects.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2016
‘These Are Not the Realities I Imagined’: An Inquiry into the Lost Hopes and Aspirations of Beginning Teachers
The concept of the Program for Excellence in Teaching (PET), formulated at colleges of education in Israel, was designed to train teachers who not only exhibit excellence but also have potential to influence the educational system and institute change therein. This study, focusing on 21 students and beginning teachers who participated in the PET at a certain college of education in Israel, examines their professional expectations and the disparity between intentions and implementations that happens as the beginning teachers encounter the reality in schools. This study assesses the dissonance between students’ and beginning teachers’ self-expectations in light of the PET context.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2016
The Impact of Changing Policies about Technology on the Professional Development Needs of Early Years Educators in England
This article explores the pedagogical technology continuing professional development (CPD) needs of early years educators in England. The findings reveal a difference in interpretation of ICTs between the UK governments and academic research that questions the merits of using ICTs for teaching. The practitioners associate ICTs with computers and software and mirror recent UK governments and their message that ‘e is best’. Furthermore, the practitioners view ICT as being a key CPD priority but they expect ‘instruction’ as opposed to directing CPD processes themselves.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2016
All’s Well? New Zealand Beginning Teachers’ Experience of Induction Provision in their First Six Months in School
The purpose of this study was to examine beginning primary teachers’ perceptions of their induction and mentoring experiences in their first six months of teaching. Furthermore, the findings show that while all of the beginning teachers were allocated a mentor in line with New Zealand requirements, the majority received little or no evaluative feedback on their teaching. In this study less than one-half of the beginning teachers experienced induction that is anchored in a community of learners who are committed to effective teaching.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
Beginning Teachers' Perspectives on Attributes for Teaching Secondary Mathematics: Reflections on Teacher Education
The purpose of this study was to understand what factors beginning secondary mathematics teachers attribute their success to in the classroom, regardless of their preparation program. The results have implications for informing the types of students mathematics education programs should try to attract or recruit. In addition, the results also provide information regarding defining areas on which teacher education programs should focus and where practicum or internship components might be incorporated into the preparation process.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2016
The purpose of this study is to examine the development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for two purposefully selected beginning mathematics teachers. The PCK development of these two individuals varied due to their focus on developing particular aspects of their PCK, with one individual focusing on assessment and student understanding, and the other individual focusing on curricular knowledge. The findings of this study demonstrate the differences that exist in the development of PCK for beginning mathematics teachers. These findings also demonstrate that PCK can develop in different ways for beginning teachers.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2016
Personal Professional Trajectories of Novice and Experienced Teacher Educators in a Professional Development Community
This study explores patterns of professional development or non-development among novice and experienced teacher educators in a professional development community (PDC) focused on the infusion of thinking into college courses. The findings revealed three distinct patterns of professional development among teacher educators: one characterizing novice teacher educators and two distinct patterns for the experienced group. The authors conclude that these findings emphasize the importance of teacher educators’ years of experience, attitude towards inquiry, and self-perception of expertise as critical determinants of successful educational reform.
Updated: May. 23, 2016
Investigating Advanced Professional Learning of Early Career and Experienced Teachers through Program Portfolios
This study examined the effects of professional development on early career (EC) and experienced (EXP) teachers during an advanced master’s degree programme in the USA. The findings reveal that differences between EC and EXP teachers were noteworthy, indicating that these two groups responded to professional development experiences differently.
Updated: May. 02, 2016
The Influence of Informal Science Education Experiences on the Development of Two Beginning Teachers’ Science Classroom Teaching Identity
In this article, the authors investigated how the informal science education (ISE) innovations in the elementary teacher education program affected the participants as they began their professional lives as classroom teachers of science. The authors found that the two participants referenced as important the ISE experiences in their development of classroom science identities that included resilience, excitement and engagement in science teaching and learning–qualities that are emphasized in ISE contexts. Specifically, the affective benefits derived from the infusion of ISE contributed to developing how they came to see and enact reform-oriented science teaching practices.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2016
Reflective Practice as “Enrichment”: How New Early Childhood Teachers Enact Preservice Values in Their Classrooms
This study followed a cohort of new early childhood teachers from preparation into their first year of teaching, giving voice to their challenges and triumphs, and insight into the elements of their preparation program which they continued to value and build on in their classroom practice. The findings revealed that participants’ perceptions on those elements of the program which best guided their decisions in practice, such as reflective thinking about their daily work and child observation and inquiry. Overall, although the participants expressed feeling less prepared in terms of specific curricula which aligned with their particular teaching settings, they seemed to feel most prepared in those skills that can be applied broadly across a wide variety of classrooms and educational contexts, such as observation, reflection, and differentiation.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2016