The Psychological Dimension of Transformation in Teacher Learning

Sep. 01, 2012

Source: Teaching Education, Volume 23, Issue 4, 2012, pages 411-428.

This article argues for its central construct – that of transformation – to be understood by teachers and teacher educators in psychological terms.

Transformation requires teachers to fashion disciplinary knowledge such that it is accessible to the learner.
It is argued that for transformation to happen, teacher thinking must include a sophisticated grasp of cognition and metacognition if teachers are to be characterised as competent, let alone expert.

This paper is written within a context of considerable social and academic scrutiny in the UK of the form and content of professional teacher preparation and development.

In recent years, the contribution of psychological knowledge to teacher education has been filtered through procedural lenses of how best to ‘manage classrooms’, ‘assess learning’, ‘build confidence’ or whatever without a matched concern for psychological constructs through which such issues might be interpreted.
Thus, psychological knowledge leaves teachers vulnerable in their professional understandings of learning and its complexities.

That society now requires high-level cognitive engagement amongst its participants places cognitive and metacognitive demands on teachers which can only be met if they themselves are conceptually equipped.

Updated: Dec. 16, 2013