Section archive - Preservice Teachers
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Navigating Layers of Teacher Uncertainty among Preservice Science and Mathematics Teachers Engaged in Action Research
This study aimed to explore how the construct of teacher characterizes different dilemmas that preservice science and mathematics teachers encounter as they embark upon their first action research experience. The authors conclude that action research is both a viable and productive mechanism for helping preservice science and mathematics teachers not only to embrace these uncertainties, but more importantly respond to them in creative and innovative ways.
Updated: Jul. 05, 2018
Improving Pre-Service Middle School Teachers’ Confidence, Competence, and Commitment to Co-Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms
This study aimed to determine the attitudes of pre-service teachers toward co-teaching and inclusion. It also explored the impact of the systematic approach on participating teacher candidates’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes toward co-teaching. The authors argue that their approach combines faculty co-teaching of pre-service classes with seminar and field experiences to develop a specific knowledge base and skill set around collaboration and co-teaching. These results indicate that curriculum development must consider and respect the developmental trajectory of pre-service teachers such that their learning is meaningful and deep.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2018
Content of Curriculum in Physical Education Teacher Education: Expectations of Undergraduate Physical Education Students
The present study aimed to examine the perceptions of the importance of content areas in physical education from the perspective of university students. The study also explored how those perceptions related to the reasons for course choice and motivation. The findings reveal that the participants mentioned sport and physical activity, confident interpersonal service, and role model as reasons for choosing to study physical education. The authors also found that the students were motivated towards study, with intrinsic motivation towards study higher than extrinsic motivation and lack of motivation.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2018
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.
Updated: May. 16, 2018
This study aimed to assess the impact of the Parent Teacher Education Connection curriculum on the knowledge and attitudes of teacher education candidates. The findings reveal that knowledge and attitude assessments administered before and after use of the modules showed significant improvement in knowledge and attitudes across all settings. This study demonstrated that teacher candidates experienced significant knowledge gains from pre- to posttest after studying the Parent Teacher Education Connection Modules as they were embedded in various courses of their teacher education curricula.
Updated: May. 13, 2018
Student-Teachers’ Verbal Communication Patterns during their Teaching Practice in ‘Studies for the Environment’ subject in Early Greek Primary Classes
This research examines the quality of student–teachers’ (STs’) verbal communication during their teaching practice on the ‘Studies for the Environment’ subject. It also identifies potential factors affecting it. The results reveal that student teachers clearly dominate classroom discussion, the questions they address to their students are of poor quality, and are not facilitating the development of students’ critical thinking. The findings reveal that the student teachers used types of questions that do not consider students as researchers and do not provide them the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills specified in the ‘Studies for the Environment’ curricula, requiring them to be able to investigate complex issues. The authors also found that the factors influencing STs’ verbal communication are the absence of relevant theoretical and practical background, the inappropriate training school setting and the lack of teaching experience are the most prominent.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2018
Using Critical Incidents and E-Portfolios to Understand the Emergent Practice of Japanese Student-Teachers of English
This article aims to describe the nature of emergent practice arising from conflicts student-teachers experienced in a teaching practicum and its implications for teacher learning. The authors used critical incident (CI) writing in ePortfolios as a means for student-teachers to record conflicts experienced and what was learned from them. The authors identified new teaching principles students developed through this experience. Furthermore, the authors also identified techniques and strategies they felt helped them teach effectively at their schools. Lastly, the critical incident also gives a view into the teaching principles, strategies, and world-view which comprise student-teacher emergent practice. The authors also regard the issue of theory to practice.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2018
Understanding Student Engagement with Research: A Study of Pre-service Teachers’ Research Perceptions, Research Experience, and Motivation
This study aimed to determine whether past research experience and pre-existing motivation style influence pre-service teachers’ perceptions of research. This study demonstrates that pre-service teachers generally display a positive attitude towards research, although these attitudes depend on their perceived research experience and also on their motivational styles. Furthermore, the authors found that students who believe they possess research experience are more likely, compared to students who believe they do not possess such experience, to value research and support the university’s attempts to promote research at the undergraduate level.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2018
The present article reports on a study that explored identities in the context of a pre-service cohort’s online discussion group. The authors identified six main emergent identities –sociable, supportive, open, helpful, reliant, and hidden. It was also found that one category of identities emerged from a commitment to the social expectations and values of the group, whilst another emerged out of a personal resistance towards the social norms of group participation and involvement. In order to promote a collegial online environment, the findings indicate that pre-service teachers consistently exhibited and conceptualised sociable, supportive, helpful, and reliant identities when interacting within this online forum.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018
This study examined the professional perceptions of Teaching Chinese as an International Language (TCIL) pre-service teachers through analyzing the metaphors they use to describe themselves as teachers. The findings revealed that the participants used a variety of metaphors to display perceptions of themselves as pre-service TCIL teachers. Additionally, the participants’ metaphors demonstrate the interaction of cultural, historical and sociopolitical conditions underlying their perceptions.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018