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Beginning Teachers’ Experience of the Workplace Learning Environment in Alternative Teacher Certification Programs: A Mixed Methods Approach
This paper discusses to what extent students of teaching in early entry teacher education programs experience their work environment as a stimulating learning environment. The results indicate that in most schools opportunities for learning are incidental and not in the form of labour. Student teachers are not gently introduced into the practice of teaching, gradually taking more responsibilities and becoming experts. Besides, the core of the practices for teachers is enacted in classrooms where student teachers are left to their own devices. However, autonomy is highly valued but double-edged: a source of motivation and isolation. Furthermore, when knowledge exchange, reflection and problem solving occur, they have little prospect of improving student teachers’ conceptual knowledge and deep understanding.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2015
School Segregation and Math Achievement: A Mixed-Method Study on the Role of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
The purpose of this study is to integrate research on the effects of school segregation with that on self-fulfilling prophecies by examining the mediating role of teacher expectancies regarding the impact of school composition on pupils’ math achievement. The analysis shows that teachers’ teachability expectations are lower in schools with a high share of nonnative and working-class pupils and that these teachability expectations have an indirect impact on pupils’ achievement through pupils’ feelings of academic futility. The findings also reveal that the low teacher expectations in these schools are largely triggered by alleged linguistic deficiencies and problematic language use of the pupils and that school staff persistently communicate their preference for Dutch monolingualism to pupils.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2014
Competence-Based Teacher Education: Illusion or Reality? An Assessment of the Implementation Status in Flanders from Teachers’ and Students’ Points of View
This study examines whether teacher education institutions in Flanders have succeeded to implement competences in teacher education programs. An online survey inquiry was set up in eight elementary teacher education institutions. Findings reveal that whereas some competences are clearly present in the institutions’ policies and practices, others, such as teacher as partner of parents, external parties and as a member of the educational community, are poorly represented, .
Updated: Apr. 12, 2011
This paper reports on an exploratory study of beginning teachers’ experiences in one secondary multi-ethnic school in Flanders. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six beginning teachers and two mentors. The authors concluded that the structural and cultural working conditions as well as the personal belief systems of the teachers were essential to understand the actual impact of the multi-ethnic character of the school on new teachers’ job experiences. Due to the mediating role of these factors, beginning teachers do not consider the multi-cultural character of their working environment as problematic as such.
Updated: Oct. 17, 2010
A Cross-Cultural Study of Teacher Perspectives on Teacher Roles and Adoption of Online Collaborative Learning in Higher Education
The purpose of this study is to understand teachers' perspectives on their roles in higher education, and their views about the adoption of a social-constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Furthermore, the study aims to understand the integration of online collaborative learning in blended learning environments in higher education from a cross cultural perspective. The authors interviewed 60 Chinese teachers from Beijing, China and 30 Flemish teachers from Flanders, Belgium.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2010
‘Teach as You Preach’: The Effects of Student-Centred versus Lecture-Based Teaching on Student Teachers’ Approaches to Teaching
This study explores the effects of teaching and learning environments on student teachers’ approaches to teaching. The study also compares a lecture-based setting to a student-activating teaching environment. The participants were 852 Flemish students, who were in their first year of the elementary teacher training programme. Results confirm the hypothesis tested only for the increasing conceptual change/student-focused teaching approach, but not in the direction of decreasing information transmission/teacher-focused approaches to teaching. Moreover, the present study proves the majority of students in teacher education to be reflective, critical persons with the best intentions for their pupils.
Updated: Jul. 25, 2010
This study investigates the short-term evolutions in student teachers’ perception of their professional identity and the effect of teacher education ‘milestones’ on this perception. The study was carried out in the context of a three-year teaching programme in Belgium for lower secondary education teachers. Questionnaires were filled out by first-year, second-year and third-year students from two colleges. The questionnaire included four scales: commitment to teaching, professional orientation, task orientation and self-efficacy. In the first five months of the first-year course, a shift in students’ task orientation was observed: students developed a more pupil-oriented approach in teaching. Another shift occurred after workplace experience.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2010
This contribution reports about a seven-month long video-based study in two regular Flemish sixth-grade mathematics classrooms. The focus is on teachers' approaches towards problem solving. The findings have highlighted that the word problem-solving lessons were more dominated by a paradigmatic than a narrative approach and that interventions in which the relation between the mathematics structure and the realistic constraints of the problem context is addressed, were rare.
Updated: May. 09, 2010
This paper, which reports on qualitative–interpretative case studies in Flemish (Belgian) primary schools, contributes to a more refined understanding of teachers' working conditions. Using “experience of intensification” as a central concept, the authors call for a refined understanding of the complex interplay of teachers' professional selves, the cultural and structural working conditions in the school and the different “calls for change” they have to deal with.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
Teacher Professionalism in Flemish Policy on Teacher Education: A Critical Analysis of The Decree on Teacher Education (2006) in Flanders, Belgium
This paper uses the new Decree on teacher education in Flanders, Belgium, as a case study to critically examine the changes in the conception of teacher professionalism in education policy. In this examination, the focus is on the 'form of problematisation' (Foucault) that is enacted in the texts of the Decree. The new conception of teacher professionalism will be identified at four levels in the new Decree on teacher education: (1) the definition of the teacher (and her training) as a strategic policy target, (2) the structural reform of teacher education, (3) the qualitative reform of teacher education, and (4) the organizational framing of institutes for teacher education.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2009