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Reducing Discrepancies between Teachers’ Espoused Theories and Theories-In-Use: An Action Research Model of Reflective Professional Development
The author reports on an action research project in which two New Zealand classroom teachers worked with a university researcher. The participants were interested to investigate the effects of their knowledge, thinking, and beliefs on the ways in which they mediated students’ learning in teacher–student interactions.
Updated: May. 27, 2013
This article reports on 20 newly qualified secondary science teachers (NQSSTs) participating in a New Zealand study on teachers’ early professional learning. The focus of the study is how these new teachers were nurtured to become competent science teachers, confident of their ability to positively influence student learning.
Updated: Feb. 27, 2013
The current paper reports on a study of the perspectives of new tutors teaching traditional vocational trades who recently commenced teaching in the Institutes of Technologies and Polytechnics (ITPs) sector in New Zealand. This paper focuses on the transformation process from expert trade worker to effective trades tutor, along with suggestions to assist the ‘boundary crossing’ process between two diverse vocational identities.
Updated: Feb. 27, 2013
Te Kotahitanga: A Case Study of a Repositioning Approach to Teacher Professional Development for Culturally Responsive Pedagogies
This article presents a case study of professional development programme drawn from the findings of a large-scale evaluation of Te Kotahitanga. The Te Kotahitanga approach links culturally relevant/relationship-based classroom pedagogy with on-site embedded processes for working with teachers in classrooms. One hundred and fifty teachers were interviewed across 22 secondary schools that participated in the Te Kotahitanga professional development programme. The findings reveal that teachers highlighted the importance of positive relationships and interactions in the classroom/school environment to enhance M¯aori student achievement.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013
The current study investigated the perceptions of 12 New Zealand first-year primary teachers regarding how their practicum experiences prepared them for starting teaching. The findings showed that, while the beginning teachers consistently viewed the practicum as being a key part of their ITE, their practicum experiences were not always helpful in supporting their move into teaching.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012
It's Not About Logic, It's About Logics of Practice: A Case Study of Teacher Education Reform in New Zealand
This article focuses on the anticipations, experiences and reflections of a group of teacher educators during a period when the colleges of education were being merged into the universities in New Zealand. The group was consisted of five experienced, curriculum-specialist teacher educators from a former college of education, and three faculty leaders. The actions of the group were monitored over a period of three and a half years.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012
This article reports on the findings of the three‐year evaluation of the impact of the laptops on the work of secondary teachers in New Zealand. The findings indicate that school leadership has been pivotal to the provision of the technological infrastructure and organisational support needed for teacher use of the laptops. The findings of the study suggest schools are advised to consider how to support teachers to work collaboratively to share expertise as a way of supporting and extending teacher use of laptops.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2012
Making the Connection: Moore’s Theory of Transactional Distance and Its Relevance to the Use of a Virtual Classroom in Postgraduate Online Teacher Education
The purpose of the current study was to explore students’ perceptions of the virtual classroom in terms of the impact they considered it made on their sense of transactional distance. The author used Moore’s (1997) Theory of Transactional Distance to analyze students' perceptions. The findings reveal that the use of the virtual classroom can potentially, at least, contribute to the development of quality dialogue. However according to Moore’s theory, this dialogue depends on structural aspects and, consequently, student perception of learner autonomy.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2012
In this article, the authors explore newly qualified New Zealand secondary teachers’ varied accounts of induction. The authors claim that multiple interpretations of objectives for induction programs are a significant source of this variation. With reference to an activity system framework, the authors identify four primary objects of induction that were represented in the induction accounts as follows: ‘orientation to learning about the context’, ‘fitting into the school’, ‘completing registration requirements’, and ‘becoming a professional inquirer’.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2012
This article uses Campbell and Fulford's framework to examine links between research and practice in a collaborative cross-cultural partnership. The article describes a partnership between the School of Education at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education and the University of Waikato. This paper attempts to develop a greater understanding of how knowledge mobilisation can take place when partners are from different cultures, when much communication has to take place through unreliable information and communication technologies, and when partners meet at intervals only.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2012