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Motivations for Choosing Teaching as a Career: An International Comparison Using the FIT-Choice Scale
This investigation had two major aims: 1. to examine the utility and validity of the FIT-Choice scale for measuring teaching motivations within and across samples and settings; 2. to explore differences in motivations and perceptions related to the teaching profession across the different samples, as first indications of differences among Australian, U.S., German, and Norwegian samples. The findings reveal that the FIT-Choice scale displayed good construct validity and reliability across diverse samples. Furthermore, the sample comparisons revealed that motivations for teaching were more similar than they were different across these samples.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2014
A Bourdieuian Analysis of Teachers’ Changing Dispositions towards Social Justice: The Limitations of Practicum Placements in Pre-service Teacher Education
The current paper illustrates and theorises change in two Australian teachers’ dispositions towards social justice over time from a Bourdieuian perspective. The interviews with the two participants over a two-year period provide evidence of change in their dispositions towards social justice. By the end of their first year of teaching, there is evidence that both experienced change in their dispositions towards social justice. There is clear movement towards social democratic or difference models of redistributive justice. Within this movement is a growing recognition of the appropriateness of the )re)distribution of different social goods for different people rather than a quest for sameness. This dispositional change took place at the same time as the two participants were developing competence as beginning teachers.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2014
This article reports on an initial study of a professional learning community (PLC) of educators who are investigating mobile devices in their teaching. The research examined two conjectures: firstly, that a professional learning community would enrich understanding of teaching with mobile technologies; and secondly, that these technologies would enhance teaching. The findings indicate that progress towards an enriched engagement with m-learning may be promoted by the establishment of a PLC. The existing professional relationships facilitated community formation and enhanced the sense of commitment, risk-taking, shared responsibility and purpose. In addition, the results also indicate the contribution of mobile learning to teaching.
Updated: Aug. 06, 2014
The current article provides an overview of the Australian Federal Government initiatives in the area of early childhood with regard to the provision of early childhood education and care. Recent Australian policies, reforms, and curriculum documents show there is an increasing need for educators to recognise the social, cultural and political influences on teaching and learning. These changes have influenced a Western Australian university to develop an innovative birth to 8 years preservice educator education curriculum. The program redesign at Curtin University is one example of a way in which academics involved in program development at universities can interpret policy, recognize change and act on this change by reforming and implementing appropriate courses of study.
Updated: Jul. 14, 2014
In this study, the authors were interested to investigate how a lesson plan study (LPS) activity conducted within the context of a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment would impact on prospective teachers’ repertoires of pedagogical-content knowledge (PCK) about teaching primary school mathematics. By the end of this study, it was found that the prospective teachers had made considerable advances to their repertoires of PCK. The authors found several factors that influenced growth in PCK.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2014
This paper reports the findings from the first nationwide survey of Australian primary pre-service teacher educators coordinating units and programmes with CBM content. Stand-alone units were offered in 68% of programmes and embedded in 96% of programmes. They commonly included applied behaviour analysis, decisive discipline, positive behaviour intervention and support, and choice theory/reality therapy, among the 36 approaches/models listed. More than half of the stand-alone units and only 20% of embedded units were coordinated by an academic with a stated CBM research interests.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013
Learning To Be A Culturally Responsive Teacher through International Study Trips: Transformation or Tourism?
This article presents findings from a qualitative study that investigated the experiences of 15 Australian pre-service teachers who attended a short-term study programme in either Korea or India. Three interrelated themes emerged from the interview data: (1) dissonance resulting from physical discomfort; (2) dissonance resulting from culturally different communication styles and expectations about appropriate behaviour and interaction and (3) dissonance resulting from incidents/events that challenged the pre-service teachers’ views of themselves and their own cultures.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013
This article presents an example of the use of peer review in teacher education. The participants were 60 pre-service secondary school teachers enrolled at the Melbourne campus of the Australian Catholic University. This study has shown that peer review has the potential to improve skills and pedagogical techniques for the classroom of future teachers. In addition, the participants in this study tended to view feedback from the peer review in a positive light even in situations where they found the feedback to be strongly critical of their work.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2013
Does Training Matter? Comparing the Behaviour Management Strategies of Pre-service Teachers in a Four-year Program and Those in a One-year Program
The purpose of this study was to identify the classroom management strategies that Australian pre-service teachers would employ, their confidence in employing them, and the effectiveness of the strategies. Furthermore, the study aimed to identify significant differences in these variables between pre-service teachers in the final year of a four-year teacher training course and pre-service teachers undertaking a one-year, stand-alone teaching program. The results of this study indicate that the most frequently reported strategies by all the Australian pre-service primary teachers surveyed were rewards and initial corrections.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013
Losing Our Way? Challenging the Direction of Teacher Education in Australia by Reframing It Around the Socially Just School
In this discursive and wide-ranging article, the author wants to: (1) to interrogate the conditions that led to, and continue to wreak havoc as a result of, the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), and that underpin current policy approaches to teacher education in Australia and other western countries; and (2) to move in the direction of puncturing the status quo by proffering an alternative orientation to teacher education deriving from some of his own research that is informed by what he is calling the Socially Just School.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013