Search results for: Ritter Jason K.
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The purpose of this study was to examine the various representations of the author's development as a beginning teacher educator offered through his methodology of self-study through narrative inquiry. Analysis of these narratives revealed how certain ongoing, and at times paradoxical, tensions influenced the author's thinking about his initial practices as a teacher educator. At the same time as he was refining his vision for social studies and coming to understand the potential significance of his teaching, he was also, sometimes paradoxically, exhibiting fear of regression in his work, displaying apathy or exhaustion, exhibiting frustration and restlessness, and struggling to navigate interpersonal relationships with his students.
Updated: Jan. 14, 2014
In this collaborative self-study, the authors were interested to examine their own transition from doctoral students to assistant professors. Data revealed three turning points highlight the impact of the authors' new roles on all aspects of their practice as teacher educators and their thinking about teaching and teachers. The first turning point speaks to how the authors were challenged to reframe what counts as quality teaching in the academy. The second turning point revealed the authors' feeling that it is important to be strategic about the research they conduct to ensure sufficient opportunities for publication. Finally, the third turning point was an expression of the pressure the authors felt to do an outstanding job at each of the three components of their roles: teaching, research, and service.
Updated: Dec. 10, 2013
Learning from Young Adolescents: The Use of Structured Teacher Education Coursework to Help Beginning Teachers Investigate Middle School Students' Intellectual Capabilities
In this article, the authors discuss findings from a case study in which beginning secondary social studies teachers interviewed young adolescents with the goal of unearthing and possibly challenging the teachers' beliefs about middle school students’ capabilities in social studies. The results of this study suggest that the coursework showed potential for shifting teachers’ views of young adolescents’ intellectual capabilities and, in some cases, shaping new commitments to teaching middle school students.
Updated: Sep. 20, 2011
In this article, two beginning teacher educators discuss their experiences of professional learning and identity construction during the first years of their work as academics. The authors entered teacher education after working as classroom teachers but, as has been found by others in the literature, were provided with little formal preparation for this career transition. The tensions and dilemmas inherent in being ‘expert’ teachers and ‘novice’ teacher educators are discussed. The authors emphasize particularly the complexity of developing professional connections with colleagues in the academic context.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
Developing a Vision of Teacher Education: How My Classroom Teacher Understandings Evolved in the University Environment
The objective of this research was to examine the development of the author's vision of teacher education as he moved from teacher to teacher educator. A qualitative self-study methodology was used to identify and describe sources of tension and growth that contributed to the evolution of his classroom teacher understandings as he forged a distinct vision for teacher education. Data were collected in the form of field texts over the three-year period when the author worked as a graduate teaching assistant in a teacher education program. The author identified four primary sources that contributed to the development of his vision of teacher education.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2009
Forging a Pedagogy of Teacher Education: The challenges of moving from classroom teacher to teacher educator
This paper reports an investigation of the challenges a former classroom teacher encountered when compelled by experiences as a supervisor of student teachers to forge a distinct pedagogy of teacher education. A qualitative self-study methodology was used to identify and examine the competing tensions that surfaced as the author made the transition from classroom teacher to teacher educator.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2008