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Which Characteristics of a Reciprocal Peer Coaching Context Affect Teacher Learning as Perceived by Teachers and Their Students?
The main purpose of this article was to explore which characteristics of a reciprocal peer coaching program stimulated or inhibited the professional learning of 28 experienced teachers (14 coaching dyads). A mixed-method approach was adopted combining quantitative and qualitative data. It was found that teachers learn when they are intrinsically motivated to take part in professional development programs; when they feel a certain pressure toward experimenting with new instructional methods; and when they are able to discuss their experiences within a safe, constructive, and trustworthy environment.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2009
Teacher burnout is recognized as a serious problem. In research it has been related to many person-specific variables; one of these, the variable of existential fulfilment, has received very little attention thus far. The present study focuses on the relationship between existential fulfilment and burnout among 504 secondary school teachers in the Netherlands. The inquiry demonstrated the importance of existential fulfilment for the prevalence and prevention of burnout among teachers.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2009
Action research can be understood as a complex interplay between local circumstances and local research traditions, embedded in their turn in local intellectual-philosophical traditions, national as well as international. In this paper, the authors will reflect on action research issue. They base their reflections on the Nordic tradition of bildung (bildning) and the continental European tradition of pedagogy as human science.
Updated: May. 18, 2009
Creating a positive working atmosphere in the classroom is the first concern of many student and beginning teachers in secondary education. Teaching in multicultural classrooms provides additional challenges for these teachers. This study identified shared practical knowledge about classroom management strategies of teachers who were successful in creating a positive working atmosphere in their multicultural classrooms.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2009
In the context of educational innovation, it is important to examine how in-service teachers learn and adapt their knowledge to changing professional circumstances. The authors examined the informal learning of a small number of experienced science teachers in their first few years of teaching a new science syllabus in secondary education in the Netherlands.The storyline method was used to elicit the teachers’ perceptions of their learning from experiences at work. Implications for professional development initiatives are discussed, as are suggestions for initial teacher education.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2009
Assessment for Learning to Teach: Appraisal of Practice Teaching Lessons by Mentors, Supervisors, and Student Teachers
Supporting student teachers in learning to teach is a collaborative effort by mentor teachers, teacher education supervisors, and student teachers. Each of the participants appraises effort and progress in learning to teach from different perspectives, however. This study explores how practice lessons are assessed by multiple raters. Triad members (51 participants in total) rated a particular teaching performance in a lesson given by the student teacher.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2009
Teacher Educators Working on Their Own Professional Development: Goals, Activities and Outcomes of A Project for The Professional Development of Teacher Educators
This paper reports on the professional development of teacher educators within the context of a national project, ‘Professional Quality of Teacher Educators,’ where a professional standard and a standards-based procedure of (self-)assessment and professional development have been created and effectively implemented. This project offered a unique opportunity to analyze the goals, activities and outcomes of the process of professional development of teacher educators in a situation in which this development is promoted by the professional group as a whole. In the research, the authors used 25 completed portfolio’s made by teacher educators participating in the standards-based procedure of (self-)assessment and professional development.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2009
In this paper, a contribution is made to the discussion of reflection on the part of teachers. The discussion to date has shown that reflection must be broad and deep. Furthermore, a typology of six reflection possibilities is produced. Empirical support for this typology was gathered via interviews with 11 experienced secondary school teachers.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2009
Understanding How A Case-Based Assessment Instrument Influences Student Teachers’ Learning Approaches
In the current study, the authors examine student teachers’ learning approaches in the context of case-based assessment. Hereto, they investigated the direct effects of the student teachers’ general beliefs on the cognitive demands of assessment on their learning approaches. Also the student teachers’ perceptions of the cognitive demands of the case-based assessment instrument were considered as a mediating variable. The results indicate that the student teachers’ perception of the deep-level demands of the OverAll Test mediates the effect of their beliefs on the adoption of deep approaches to learning.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2009
Social Competence as An Educational Goal: The Role of The Ethnic Composition and The Urban Environment of The School
This article concerns the relationship between social–educational goals and the school context. The authors used a questionnaire to map the educational goals of teachers in pre-vocational education in the field of social competence, and investigated whether these goals were related to the percentage of students from ethnic-minority groups and to the urban environment of the school. The results show that all teachers, regardless of the school context, value promoting the social development of their students as an educational goal.
Updated: Jan. 21, 2009