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This study examined the inquiry processes of two research groups in teacher education with the aim of answering the following research question: To what extend and in what way do student teachers, in the context of a research project, engage in elaboration and decision making during the research process? The results of both of these research groups exemplify how both decision making and elaboration are necessary elements to reach the full potential of a collaborative research project. The authors have shown that a research activity in which student teachers are supposed to collaborate is challenging and requires hard work. Alongside everything else that student teachers have to do for both the institute and at school, they experience much time pressure.
Updated: Aug. 04, 2015
Teacher Research in Dutch Professional Development Schools: Perceptions of the Actual and Preferred Situation in terms of the Context, Process and Outcomes of Research
The aim of this study is to provide deeper insight into the realisation of teacher research in professional development schools in the Netherlands. Participants of these schools were asked for their perceptions of the actual and preferred situation concerning teacher research in terms of the context, processes and outcomes of practice-based research activities by teachers-as-researchers. The authors can conclude that a large difference between the actual and preferred situation was noticeable. Additionally, pupil learning and outcomes seemed not to be a central focal area of the participants at this moment. Finally, the results suggest that in Dutch professional development schools increased attention is needed both by researchers and practitioners on the process and outcome dimensions of doing teacher research.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015
Induction of Beginning Teachers in Urban Environments: An Exploration of the Support Structure and Culture for Beginning Teachers at Primary Schools Needed to Improve Retention of Primary School Teachers
The aim of this study was to gain insight into ways to improve the retention of beginning urban teachers. This study investigated the support structure and support culture of 11 urban primary schools. This article focused on characteristics of the support structure and support culture at schools where beginning teachers judged the support they received positively or negatively. The findings revealed that the principals of the schools were willing to invest in the professional development of the teachers. Although there were differences in the support structure of the schools, the main difference between the schools appeared to be their support culture. In conclusion, this study showed that in schools where teachers judged the support practice positively, support was focused on the specific urban challenges that the teachers experienced more than it was in the schools where teachers judged support negatively.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2015
This study attempts to profile beginning teachers according to their professional identity tensions. These profiles regards beginning teachers' changing role from student to teacher, their care for students and their orientations towards learning to teach. The cluster analysis of these tensions revealed that the participants could be classified into six different profiles, namely: teachers struggling with (views of) significant others, teachers with care-related tensions, teachers with responsibility-related tensions, moderately tense teachers, tension-free teachers, and troubled teachers. Furthermore, 30 of the 42 beginning teachers who completed the questionnaire twice changed profiles after the transition period from student teacher to in-practice teacher.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2015
Measuring Teachers’ and Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Practice-Based Research in PDS and Non-PDS Settings
This study investigated the perceptions of experienced teachers and student teachers in Netherlands with respect to different aspects of practice-based research in professional development schools (PDS) and non-PDS settings and to what degree these perceptions differed. The respondents were asked about their perceptions of several distinguished elements associated with the four main concepts of practice-based research: contextual input, personal input, the research process and the learning outcomes. The findings revealed that the Questionnaire on Teacher Research to be a useful, reliable and valid tool for assessing teachers’ and student teachers’ perceptions of their practice-based research efforts in secondary education schools. Furthermore, it appeared that respondents scored, on average, highest with respect to their research motives and the outcomes of practice-based research.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015
In this study, the authors explore educators’ experiences in a research design that adheres to collaboration with educators; in this case in a year-long formative intervention in the context of teacher education. This analysis revealed three main contrasts, all of which the teacher educators experience as being consequential for their participation in the research. The first reflection related to how the teacher educators perceived their own position. The educators describe this position as one of agency and ownership, coupled with recognition of their expertise. Secondly, the position of the researcher was experienced as one that explicitly involves learning. Lastly, the research was experienced as being integrated.
Updated: Sep. 30, 2014
The article focuses on identifying which motives for becoming a teacher have a beneficial effect and which ones have a detrimental effect. A longitudinal study on the motivation for becoming a teacher investigated the importance that Dutch pre-service teachers ascribed to multiple motives. The article examined how these motives are related to the efforts, involvement and professional commitment to the teaching profession of the participants. The results were used to distinguish between adaptive motives and maladaptive motives for becoming a teacher. The findings revealed that the perceptions of teaching ability, intrinsic career values and making a social contribution were the most important motives for choosing the teaching profession. Choosing teaching as a fallback career or because of social influences were two motives that were found to be least important for the pre-service teachers.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
Diversity in Primary Teacher Education Gender Differences in Student Factors and Curriculum Perception
In this article, the authors are interested to know whether male and female students in the Netherland perceive the curriculum differently. The following research question was guided this study: Can gender-specific student factors be identified in relation to the initial teacher education curriculum that leads to the differences in the dropout rate? The authors found gender differences in student factors as well as in the way male and female students perceive the curriculum. Concerning the student factors, males and females differ in professional motivation and expectations concerning the curriculum at the start of their training and after two-and-a-half years.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014
The purpose of this study is to disclose the types and content of dilemmas teacher educators in Turkey faced with as well as the strategies they used to cope with them. Additionally, the findings were compared with datasets from Israel and The Netherlands in order to make cross-cultural comparisons. The findings indicate that teacher educators are concerned with improving their pedagogy and professionalism in teaching for teaching, with a prime concern for being an initiator of learning. The comparison of the findings reveals that the theory–practice-related dilemmas are among the most prominent across contexts. Furthermore, the comparison's findings reveal that while Israeli and Dutch educators express a preference for the involvement of their students as a strategy to cope with their dilemmas, Turkish educators seem to be coping with them either on their own or by seeking advice from their colleagues.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2014
Three secondary schools in Amsterdam decided to facilitate teachers in their schools to engage in practice research. The overall aim of the pilot programme was to connect the three elements of teaching, development and research to each other and to embed them in the schools’ practice in such a way as to increase their capacity for innovation. The authors conclude that this research shows the importance of teamwork. Furthermore, teacher researchers need to be given a clear position and status within the school. Finally, the school management can also help ensure that the results of the research are actually used within the school by giving the teacher researchers a leading role in team meetings and study days.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013