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‘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
Focusing on teachers’ work in literacy teaching, this article proposes some signposts to assist teachers in navigating in the multimodal classroom. Specifically, the study uses the influential conceptualization of literacy teaching in the multimodal context, the Multiliteracies Pedagogy Framework to examine 11 cases of literacy teaching from a range of contexts.
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011
A Fundamental Partnership: The Experiences of Practising Teachers as Lecturers in a Pre-service Teacher Education Programme
This article reports an evaluation of an innovative university-school partnership in which teacher practitioners work as university lecturers in a regional Australian pre-service teacher education programme. The goal of the study was to understand the experiences and outcomes for the teacher practitioners and in documenting their experiences.
Updated: Jul. 05, 2011
This article describes the model for teacher development that evolved from the review of research on teacher education and the development and implementation of the first year of the Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne. This model summarises the five knowledge bases in teaching and learning that have been identified in the research literature. All elements of the programme were focused on assisting teacher candidates to develop a consistent professional framework for thinking and responding to teaching and learning in classrooms.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2011
This article investigates the prior learning of pre-service early childhood education students in the area of global education, a new curriculum initiative in Australian schools. 65 teacher education students entering the Bachelor of Early Childhood at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) responded to a survey on global education during their orientation programme. The results show that unlike primary and secondary teachers who describe university courses and specific content as reflecting global education; early childhood educators describe global education knowledge and perspectives as representing social processes related to working with young children.
Updated: Apr. 17, 2011
A socially just society is one in which all people are accorded equal worth and opportunity. It is a society incompatible with any form of prejudice or discrimination based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability or any other factor .This article explores current research into the role of education in combating social injustice. The authors have reconfigured a number of the identified themes from these research papers into four groups of issues of which teacher education programmes must be cognisant if they wish to work towards social justice outcomes.
Updated: Apr. 17, 2011
In this article, the author focuses on the changing roles of pre-service teachers, mentor teachers, school coordinators and academics involved in professional experiences. The author draws on a number of studies that have investigated professional experiences which have been framed around the notion of learning communities.
Updated: Mar. 17, 2011
In this article, the authors discuss policy and practice relevant to teacher education and professional experience programs in Australia. The authors provide a meta-analysis of current major trends in Australian educational reform and the implications of an 'education revolution' for professional experience. The paper maps and explores broadly key education agendas of 'productivity, participation and quality'. In relation to these agendas, significant policy trends are identified under the headings of partnerships, preparation and professional learning. Furthermore, the implications of each policy trend for the field of teacher education and professional experience are explored.
Updated: Mar. 17, 2011
The current article reports a self-study where a practitioner and colleagues scrutinize an intervention in teacher education. This research is located as self-study employing design-based methods. The intervention consisted of modifications to an existing secondary teacher education program. The findings revealed that there appear to be two anchors, contextual anchors and conceptual anchors, that operating to inform and enrich reflection among these student teachers.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2011