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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
In a world increasingly globalised, it is crucial that preservice teachers are equipped with a range of pedagogical knowledges, understandings and practices related to diversity and difference. This article reports on the implementation and learning outcomes of a teacher preparation initiative in an Australian university called Refugee Action Support, which seeks to develop and enhance such awareness. The initiative provides targeted training to preservice teachers in the vital areas of literacy and numeracy tuition, with the specific aim of preparing them to tutor humanitarian refugee students in high schools in Western Sydney, Australia.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
Three significant impediments to mentoring success have been identified in the literature: insufficient time; mentors' lack of professional expertise; and personality mismatches. To address these issues, a skills training program was developed in Victoria. This program utilized the principles of adult attachment theory and time-limited therapy. The model was introduced to principals across grade levels. The results indicated significant improvement in the skills set and confidence levels of mentors (i.e. experienced school principals).
Updated: Dec. 07, 2009
Engaging in Action Research: A Personal and Professional Journey towards an Inquiry into Teacher Morale in a Senior Secondary College
This article describes the author's journey as a practitioner researcher investigating the implementation of a study-group format in place of a formal meeting arrangement for the teaching team she leads. The inquiry has been initiated to explore the intervention as a way to promote teacher morale. The research site is a large senior secondary college in the state of Victoria, Australia. The preliminary results support influential joint action is taking place with a positive impact on teacher morale.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2009
This study focuses on the goal of enhancing student reflection and learning with the key objective being to determine whether a structured reflective tool can enhance students' ability to engage in a reflective cycle. Three cohorts of first year teacher education students in an Australian university were examined over three years.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2009
This article proposes a six-phase model using research and theory for the selection, framing and evaluation of professional development programs in State educational systems. Using categories from Shulman, the model focuses on an effective analysis of teacher knowledge and due consideration of contexts for teacher learning.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
In this article, the author presents the findings of a self-study into his teaching practices as a sociology-of-education lecturer working in the pre-service teacher education program of a regional university in New South Wales, Australia. The principal data source is a logbook of the teaching practices which characterized several tutorial classes taught in 2007. The article reveals tensions between assessment-driven and more authentic teaching practices, and more student- and teacher-centered teaching practices.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2009
Valuing Practice Over Theory: How Beginning Teachers Re-Orient Their Practice in The Transition from The University to The Workplace
This article is about the experiences of beginning teachers in turning theory learned in universities into practice in the workplace. The article argues that, despite long-standing awareness of the theory-practice gap as a central issue faced by beginning teachers, attempts by teacher educators to address this issue remain thwarted. The argument draws on interview and focus group data collected via a study of 1st year graduate teachers of an Australian pre-service teacher education program.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2009
The outcomes of a two-pronged 'real-world' learning project in Australia, which aimed to expand the views of pre-service teachers about learning, pedagogy and diversity, will be discussed in this article. Using Butin's conceptual framework for service learning, the authors show evidence that this approach can enable pre-service teachers to see new realities about the dilemmas and ambiguities of performing as learners and as teachers.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2009
More than A Shortage of Early Childhood Teachers: Looking Beyond The Recruitment of University Qualified Teachers to Promote Quality Early Childhood Education and Care
In Australia and internationally, government policies aim to increase the supply of early childhood teachers and thus improve the quality of early childhood education and care services. In this article, the authors suggest that such a policy-quality trajectory in Australia is not as straightforward as policy discourses suggest.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2009