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The Role of the Prepracticum in Lessening Student Teacher Stress: Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Stress During Practicum
This study examines student teacher’s perceptions of the causes and levels of stress during the student teaching practicum for students in the Concurrent Bachelor of Education Program at Laurentian University. The findings reveal that the students indicated a moderate to low level of stress during their practicums. Lesson planning was identified as the greatest cause of stress for student teachers because of its time-consuming nature. The author argues that the prepracticum experiences of these student teachers may have lessened the stress levels reported during the practicum.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2014
This article discusses the role of Twitter in a graduate seminar on language teaching methodology. The findings indicate that the microblogging tasks enabled participants to form a virtual Community of Practice in which they were able to learn, share, and reflect.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014
The study outlined in this article used the Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST) to explore the views of scientists held by preservice students in science methods classes at both the elementary and secondary levels. The findings revealed that the students with greater previous science experience at both the secondary and post-secondary level would create visual representations of scientist that were significantly less stereotypical than representations created by students with lesser previous science experience. However, results indicated statistically significant differences in stereotypical components of representations of scientists depending on preservice teachers’ program and previous science experiences.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2014
In this article, the authors focused on findings from qualitative research on the effects of action research by reporting two linked quantitative studies. The authors' first goal was to triangulate the findings from their quantitative inquiry with the results from qualitative studies in order to increase the generalizability of claims previously reported. Their second goal was to identify potential moderators of action research impact on teachers. The contribution of these two studies to the corpus of action research literature is twofold. First, the authors confirmed two important benefits of action research participation reported by qualitative researchers, improved teacher attitudes to educational research and increased self-efficacy. Second, they found moderators of the impact of action research that help identify conditions in which action research is particularly likely to benefit teachers.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2014
This study examines pre-service teacher research in a nine-month teacher education programme, implemented as a means of making explicit links between research and practice. The results reveal that although student teachers expressed significant concerns about having to develop a research question, they conferred with and developed questions in conjunction with their associate teachers. However, they also indicated that support from the associate teacher presented a significant challenge. Furthermore, the results reveal that understanding a research disposition to be integral to teaching proved to be a significant conceptual challenge amongst some of the pre-service teachers and associate teachers.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014
Charting a Way Forward: Intersections of Race and Space in Establishing Identity as an African-Canadian Teacher Educator
This research project grew out of the author's desire to address and transform her experience as a Black, female teacher educator in a White settler province and country. Along with self-study methodology, the author uses critical race theory and feminist post-structural theory to analyze the construction of her racial identity and relations of power in a White settler society.The author concludes that empathy, validation and acceptance from colleagues have buoyed her confidence as she searches for ways to narrow the racial and cultural divide between self and other in order to build collaborative relationships with students. Three important tools that have proved highly effective are critical race theory, critical pedagogy, and feminist post-structuralist theory.
Updated: Dec. 11, 2013
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
This study examined preservice secondary science teachers’ perceptions of the classroom learning environment as experienced during their practicum. The study also compared this classroom learning environment to their espoused views of an ideal science classroom. The qualitative findings are corroborated by some of the results from the CLES scales, suggesting that preservice teachers perceived their practicum classrooms to incorporate only a few of the constructivist learning environment factors. Furthermore, most preservice teachers also believed that their practicum should be a flexible apprenticeship, where science teaching innovation was supported.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2013
This article describes an initiative, Becoming Teacher Educators (BTE). BTE is a community specifically designed for doctoral students whose career goal is to become teacher educators. The findings reveal a very high level of satisfaction from the members of BTE. Members frequently commented that the ongoing support from the community was the reason that they continued to learn, grow and share. In addition, the BTE community has provided members with additional educational and professional opportunities outside the basic requirements of their graduate programmes.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2013
Reverberating Echoes: Challenging Teacher Candidates to Tell and Learn From Entwined Narrations of Canadian History
The authors report on a study with teacher candidates to illustrate the importance of explicitly engaging with the ways in which students' historical subjectivity depart from dominant historical narratives of a nation-state’s development so as to potentially derive alternative meanings of shared pasts from marginalized perspectives. The authors identify several tensions involved in work with multiple perspectives that shape historical narratives: a struggle to avoid culturally reductive or stereotypical images of otherness, the taming of historical complexity for ease of communication, and something of a fraught encounter with the dissonance as a reverberating echo at the heart of historical identifications and perspectives.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2013