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Professional Development for Professional Learners: Teachers’ Experiences in Norway, Germany and England
This article reports on the experiences of teachers who have had Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Europe. The findings of this study reveal, in all three countries, similar discrepancies between the activities in which these teachers engage and the value they place on individual professional development. In most cases, teachers interviewed in this study identified not just a huge variation in their experience of professional development. According to these teachers, their professional development would appear to be neither systematic nor particularly successful. Furthermore, accountability is checked by the sorts of appraisals mentioned by many of these teachers. In many cases these are based on targets and observations, which can be used to apply pressure on individuals to take part in staff development, or indeed be used by teachers as its justification.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2015
In this article, the authors are interested to measure the preservice teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) and their personal constructs of teaching about mathematics lesson plans during their teacher education program. The results of the content analysis show that the constructs of the pre-service teachers have a wide variation and could be summarized within different themes. TELPS could also indicate whether there is a difference between first semester pre-service teacher students’ PCK and final semester pre-service teachers’ PCK. The authors conclude that the development of PCK is an important element of any teacher education program, and TELPS appears to be useful in determining pre-service teachers’ PCK.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2015
The main objective of the present study was to explore if students and teachers perceive the same antecedents of students’ boredom. The authors asked students to report the reasons for their boredom and compared the teachers’ perceptions to the students’ answers. The results show that students were able to describe the antecedents of their boredom profoundly and in detail. The comparison of students’ and teachers’ perspectives revealed a strong correspondence. The results reveal that most of the antecedents named by students were also mentioned by teachers with only the exception of the student category teacher’s personality.
Updated: Oct. 13, 2015
How Different Mentoring Approaches Affect Beginning Teachers’ Development in the First Years of Practice
The purpose of this study is to examine whether quality and frequency of mentoring predict beginning teachers’ development of professional competence and well-being in the first two years of their career. Findings indicate that the quality of mentoring rather than its frequency explains a successful career start. Additionally, beginning teachers who experience constructivist mentoring show higher levels of efficacy, teaching enthusiasm, and job satisfaction. Constructivist mentoring also reduces emotional exhaustion after one year of training compared to teachers without constructivist mentoring.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2015
This article argues for the value of using student ratings to measure quality of teaching. An international study to test the validity of the dynamic model of educational effectiveness was conducted. At classroom level, the model consists of eight factors relating to teacher behaviour: orientation, structuring, questioning, teaching modelling, application, management of time, teacher role in making classroom a learning environment and assessment. The analyses revealed that student ratings are reliable and valid for measuring the functioning of the teacher factors of the dynamic model.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
Development of a Scale to Assess the Demand for Specific Competences in Teachers after Graduation from University
This study provides the information on demands and abilities in teaching graduates for the universities in Germany. A specialised teacher module was developed in the framework of the German Cooperation Project for Graduate Tracer Studies. Overall, the results of the first analyses emphasise the scale’s potential to provide insight into the demands for which students should be prepared by their teaching studies.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2014
Motivations for Choosing Teaching as a Career: An International Comparison Using the FIT-Choice Scale
This investigation had two major aims: 1. to examine the utility and validity of the FIT-Choice scale for measuring teaching motivations within and across samples and settings; 2. to explore differences in motivations and perceptions related to the teaching profession across the different samples, as first indications of differences among Australian, U.S., German, and Norwegian samples. The findings reveal that the FIT-Choice scale displayed good construct validity and reliability across diverse samples. Furthermore, the sample comparisons revealed that motivations for teaching were more similar than they were different across these samples.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2014
The Influence of (Research-Based) Teacher Training Programs on Evaluations of Central Computer Science Concepts
Based on a cross-contextual research paradigm, this study compares the combinations of content and process concepts identified as important in the context of professors with those considered relevant in the context of teachers. The authors found significant differences between computer science professors and teachers. The greatest differences were found in their evaluations of the content concepts algorithm and structure: professors and teachers differed significantly in their evaluations of these concepts’ relationships with five and four process concepts, respectively.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2014
Motivations for Choosing Teaching as a Career: Effects on General Pedagogical Knowledge during Initial Teacher Education
This study aimed to examine the significance of teaching motivations for the gain of professional knowledge during teacher education. The findings reveal that the FIT-Choice instrument’s factor structure was replicated. Furthermore, the motivation profile typical for preservice teachers in Germany was also replicated. The results also reveal that intrinsic motivation is positively correlated, whereas extrinsic motivation is negatively correlated, with GPK at the first occasion of measurement. In addition, the findings show that extrinsic motivation also matters for preservice teachers.
Updated: Jun. 02, 2014
The present article set out to examine the issue of whether opportunity to learn (OTL) was related to mathematics and mathematics pedagogy knowledge for future middle school mathematics teachers and for future elementary teachers who will likely teach mathematics. The authors used data from 81 randomly sampled U.S. public and private institutions as well as international data from top-achieving countries. The results showed major differences in course taking between the A+ countries and the United States, especially for lower secondary preparation programs.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2014