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Developing Communication Competence Using An Online Video Reflection System: Pre-service Teachers’ Experiences
This study examines how interactive video and web-based technologies can be used to improve pre-service teachers’ communication competence and reflective thinking. The study also explores the learning processes and systematically evaluates the Video Reflection system from the students’ perspective. The authors conclude that the stages between presentations developed pre-service teachers’ cognitive communication competence. Development of cognitive communication abilities coupled with iterative cycles of practice developed pre-service teachers’ behavioral capabilities.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2013
In this article, the authors examine the career pathways and work experiences of teacher educators in Australia. The findings reveal that the entry of all the teacher educators into teacher education work was often by accident rather than design. Furthermore, many feel resentful that the teaching and administration work that often requires large amounts of time is not recognised as sufficient for career progression. Finally, the role of a significant mentor was critical for many teacher educators in this study.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
This article explores how the changes in teacher education in Australia have influenced teacher educators' identity as a professional group. This paper is based on the observations and experiences of the author, who has been teacher educator for the past two decades. The author concludes that the challenge now is for teacher educators to raise their profile in the academy by positively addressing the endemic uncertainty of knowledge of practice through an explication of their pedagogy of teacher education.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2012
In this article, the authors focus on the work of teachers, which they claim is heavily value-laden and therefore susceptible to ethical dilemmas. The authors discuss a model of ethical decision-making in order to understand the nature of ethical dilemmas faced by teachers. The authors propose a number of scenarios developed from real-life problems faced by teachers in Australian schools.
Updated: Nov. 13, 2012
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