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This study examined how policy-makers described their work and motivations. Furthermore, the study focused on policy-makers' perceived relationship with teacher educators researchers and their understandings about research. The findings revealed that policy-makers described research as necessary to shape their decision-making and important to justify their work. However, some of the participants appeared acutely aware of their own lack of ‘research literacy’ and were quick to note they wished for greater support in this area. Policy-makers sought better communication strategies to utilise research findings in a timely, free and publicly accessible, user-friendly manner.
Updated: May. 22, 2018
Measuring Preservice Teacher Self-Efficacy in Music and Visual Arts: Validation of an Amended Science Teacher Efficacy Belief Instrument
This study aimed to adapt the well-established Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument- B (STEBI-B) for preservice teachers and to pilot the new instrument to determine its validity and reliability in The Arts. The authors argue that this study offers new contributions to the field of educational measurement in The Arts, specifically in measuring primary preservice teacher self-efficacy for learning areas like music and visual arts. The findings reveal that Arts Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (ATEBI) had good internal consistency and re-test reliability on the personal teaching efficacy scale. Furthermore, it was found that ATEBI had good validity statistics using ANOVAs on all scales.
Updated: May. 01, 2018
So You Want To Be A Teacher Educator? The Job Advertisement As A Construction Of Teacher Education In Canada
This study explores how Canadian employment advertisements in teacher education are constructed as mediating artefacts in the relationship between potential candidates and their goal of gaining an academic position. The present study reveals both similarities and differences with concurrent WoTE (Work of Teacher Education) investigations in UK, Australian and New Zealand contexts. The authors argue that Canadian education faculties appear to be preserving a commitment to the conceptualisation and enactment of teacher education as a distinctive field of research and teaching. They emphasize, however, recruiting and retaining new or senior teacher educators should be of significant concern for the public and for prospective teachers.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2018
This article aims to examine the critical features and outcomes of an Australian collaborative university- and school-partnership. This partnership was based on an immersion project for mentoring final year pre-service primary teachers in the area of special education. The findings reveal that this project provided scaffolded, authentic opportunities for pre-service teachers that were also beneficial for school staff, students and the school community. Mentors ensured that time spent in schools comprised a high-quality experience, and that pre-service teachers had formal opportunities to observe, discuss, trial and reflect upon theory and practice. The authors conclude that participants experienced real growth and challenges whilst being supported by school mentors and the university coordinator for the full academic year.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2018
Understanding Student Engagement with Research: A Study of Pre-service Teachers’ Research Perceptions, Research Experience, and Motivation
This study aimed to determine whether past research experience and pre-existing motivation style influence pre-service teachers’ perceptions of research. This study demonstrates that pre-service teachers generally display a positive attitude towards research, although these attitudes depend on their perceived research experience and also on their motivational styles. Furthermore, the authors found that students who believe they possess research experience are more likely, compared to students who believe they do not possess such experience, to value research and support the university’s attempts to promote research at the undergraduate level.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2018
The present article reports on a study that explored identities in the context of a pre-service cohort’s online discussion group. The authors identified six main emergent identities –sociable, supportive, open, helpful, reliant, and hidden. It was also found that one category of identities emerged from a commitment to the social expectations and values of the group, whilst another emerged out of a personal resistance towards the social norms of group participation and involvement. In order to promote a collegial online environment, the findings indicate that pre-service teachers consistently exhibited and conceptualised sociable, supportive, helpful, and reliant identities when interacting within this online forum.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018
The purpose of this study was two-folded. Firstly, it investigated the changes in preservice teachers’ professional identity after a four-week block practicum; Secondly, it examined the role of mentor teachers in creating changes in their professional identity. The author concludes that mentoring relationships played a significant role in shaping preservice teachers’ teacher identity. The detailed feedback mentor teachers provided and their positive interactions, helped preservice teachers build higher levels of confidence, and demonstrate a deeper understanding of their role as a teacher.
Updated: Feb. 15, 2018
This study examines the development, description, and illustration of inherent requirement (IR) statements in relation to the professional practice component of an initial teacher education (ITE) course. The authors used consultative group processes with stakeholders involved in ITE to identify seven IR domains. Furthermore, they used interviews with academics to develop first-person narratives and to illustrate pre-service teachers’ performance in complex professional practice scenarios. Then, university staff and pre-service teachers rated the narratives in relation to three of the IR domains. In conclusion, the authors believe that these narratives have potential to exemplify the IR, to develop understanding of professional practice performance requirements for pre-service teachers and to assist the decision-making of teacher educators.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018
Thinking with/through the Contradictions of Social Justice in Teacher Education: Self-Reflection on NETDS Experience
This article describes the National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools (NETDS). The purpose of the NETDS is to channel high performing teacher education students to disadvantaged schools. This paper is based on the authors' collective, critical self-reflection on designing and implementing NETDS at University of New England over the last three years. The authors use the taxonomy of three different ideological approaches—conservative, liberal and critical—to school reform as a heuristic device for their self-reflection.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018
This study investigates how pre-service teachers understand their caring role and their potential responsibility to care for students. The authors conclude that it was shown that within an Australian teaching and learning context ‘care’ was valued among these pre-service secondary teachers. However, the findings identified student tensions around discipline, boundary issues as well as anxiety about decision-making when faced with various caring dilemmas. Furthermore, the results revealed that these anxieties were underpinned by concerns about the limited training in this area.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018