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This article reports on a study which sought to understand the experience of teachers who have responsibility for leading professional learning in their schools. The first part of the article describes the Leading Professional Learning program designed by Monash University. The program aimed to build teachers’ capacity to lead professional learning within their school settings. The second part of the article analyses the cases written by program participants. The analysis reveals important facets of the relational and emotional dimensions of leading professional learning in schools.
Updated: Aug. 21, 2012
Discourse Communities: A Framework from which to Consider Professional Development for Rural Teachers of Science and Mathematics
This article examines aspects of professional development for teachers of science and mathematics in schools in rural Australia. The study identified that rural teachers and principals were strongly focused on teacher PD. In addition, secondary school subject teachers' needs were only partly met by community of practice PD approaches. Finally, it was found that a range of rural context factors limited PD opportunities for subject- based secondary teachers.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2012
This article reports on the effectiveness of a programme designed to enhance aspects of teacher knowledge believed to contribute to successful teaching for numeracy in the middle years of schooling. Teacher profiling instruments and pupil surveys of their classes were administered at the beginning and end of the programme. This programme shows that progress can be made on pupils’ numeracy levels with a dedicated programme .
Updated: May. 22, 2012
This article focuses on the assessment of student teachers during practicum. The study is contextualised in an Australian pre-service teacher education program in which practicum has been reconceptualised to help bridge the theory–practice gap commonly associated with “front-end loading” programs. The findings point to what participants perceive as disparate understandings between university and school staff about the nature and role of assessment.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012
The current article intends to examine the impact of discipline styles on a range of factors, including: students’ respect for the rights of others; their level of connection to peers/school; their general wellbeing; and how much they like their teacher and subject. The results showed that discussion, involvement, hinting, and use of recognition and rewards encourage greater levels of communal responsibility. The results indicate that these other strategies influence the results and consequences of punishment.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2012
This article proposes a distinction between student engagement in schooling and engagement in learning based on literature and empirical results. Data from a phenomenographic study of 20 Australian teachers were analysed to show how teacher thinking related to this distinction.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2011
Queensland Teachers’ Conceptions of Assessment: The Impact of Policy Priorities on Teacher Attitudes
The purpose of this study was to examine Queensland teachers’ conceptions of assessment and their relationship to their level of teaching and compared the results to teachers from New Zealand. A questionnaire-based survey of teachers’ attitudes, beliefs and practices in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment was conducted in 2003. Data revealed that teachers showed a willingness to integrate assessment into their professional duties of improved teaching and learning, tempered with caution about the quality and usefulness of the assessment resources being used to make students and schools accountable.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011
The goal of this study was to examine the lived experiences of teachers newly appointed to rural or remote schools in Western Australia to understand their experiences and responses. Rural/remote teachers reported a high incidence of stress and coping strategies. Teachers demonstrate a diversity of direct-action, palliative and avoidant coping strategies focused on management of emotions, health and wellbeing.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2011
‘Coming to a Place near You?’ The Politics and Possibilities of a Critical Pedagogy of Place-Based Education
This article explores the theoretical foundations of place-based education (PBE). The authors argue that there is a place for PBE in schools but contend that it must be informed by a far more critical reading of the notions of ‘place’, ‘identity’ and ‘community’. The authors use an empirically grounded study to illustrate the potential benefits and limitations of PBE, and conclude with some suggestions as to how schools and teacher education programs might promote the development of socially critical approaches to PBE.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2011
Professional Learning for Teachers Without Special Education Qualifications Working With Students With Severe Disabilities
The aim of the project was to explore the impact of a small-scale, personalized professional learning project on the opportunities that teachers provided for students to communicate and on their responsiveness to potentially communicative behavior. The project activity was based on the principles described by Gersten and colleagues. It was found that there was an increase in the opportunities teachers offered, with larger effects in two of the classes.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2011