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Professional Development across the Teaching Career: Teachers’ Uptake of Formal and Informal Learning Opportunities
The goal of this study was to investigate teachers’ uptake of different learning opportunities from the beginning to the end of the teaching career. The authors focused on in-service training as an example of formal learning opportunities and on teacher collaboration and the use of professional literature as two examples of informal learning opportunities. Results showed that formal learning opportunities (in-service training) were used most frequently by mid-career teachers, whereas informal learning opportunities showed distinct patterns across the teaching career.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2011
Intercultural Learning in English as Foreign Language Instruction: The Importance of Teachers’ Intercultural Experience and the Usefulness of Precise Instructional Directives
This paper focuses on the teaching of intercultural topics in the context of English as a foreign language (EFL) at German schools. The article presents the results of an analysis of data from a larger study. The study examined the intercultural experience of teachers and observable aspects of instruction. The findings reveal the impact of teachers’ intercultural experience on the quality of their intercultural instruction.
Updated: Apr. 14, 2011
Is the Grass always Greener? The Effect of the PISA Results on Education Debates in Sweden and Germany
The current article describes the political debates that comparative international studies such as the Programme for International Student Assessment have given rise to in Germany and Sweden. As a result of the assessments, both countries have gone outside their borders in order to find new models and policy norms. The article analyzes whether or not the debate on educational policy in the two countries plays a role in policy borrowing.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2011
Theory and Evidence on Governance: Conceptual and Empirical Strategies of Research on Governance in Education
A type of studies called ‘Governance Studies’, ‘Governance Research’ or ‘Governance Perspective’ has recently evolved in German-speaking social sciences. The goal of this article is to make accessible the strand of research which has not yet been extensively published in languages other than German. Further, the article intends to explore its links and relationships to other European research approaches.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2010
This paper represents the collaborative efforts of two college faculty, one in the USA and one in Australia, exploring notions of internationalization of colleges of education and research on multilingualism and teacher education. The article focuses on two questions: in what ways can teacher educators enhance their expertise to prepare teachers for multicultural teaching in a global context? How can teacher educators and institutions create contexts and experiences where teachers and prospective teachers develop their knowledge, skills and dispositions to teach from an international and multicultural perspective?
Updated: Oct. 12, 2010
This study investigates the attitudes of a sample of English, Maltese and German teachers toward the training they received to teach media education. The study also explores the teachers’ attitudes about whether and how media education should be taught in schools. The sample was consisted of 132 teachers from England, Malta and Germany. The results show that the participants felt least confident teaching television production, radio production, and website design.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2010
Since the late 1990s, it has been the practice in Germany that decisions in educational policy and educational administration should primarily be subject to evidence in terms of reliable empirical data. This article presents new empirical findings concerning the way in which the reception and processing of educational scientific evidence is currently carried out. Relating to an explorative study that consists of 12 qualitative interviews with ministerial personnel in four German school ministries, the findings generally indicate that evidence-based educational policy in Germany is less a matter of paying lip service, but rather increasingly becoming common practice.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010
Transition to secondary school implies basic changes in social, instructional and organisational aspects of school life which afford the pupils’ adjustment. As transition takes place at a predictable point in time, children develop expectations about the start at their new school. In order to analyse predictors and consequences of these expectations 870 German children filled in a questionnaire assessing transition expectations, grades in mathematics and language, academic self-concept, and school dislike. Achievement tests were administered, too.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
This paper presents a brief analysis of teacher education in five European countries: Italy, Germany, England, Sweden and Finland. The responses given by each country are different. However, two tendencies emerge: on the one hand, the English model, which seeks to make a teacher a faithful executor with regard to centrally decided learning objectives; on the other, the Nordic model that conceives the teacher as a 'fully-fledged' professional. From the point of view of the sustainability and of the safeguard of the educative mission of the school, the Nordic model presents some advantages when compared to the English model.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
The paper analyzes the different factors exerting an influence on the professional knowledge, practices and performance of teaching staff involved in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). The author focuses particularly on the professional reality of vocational teachers as made manifest in the conjoined elements of the knowledge of teachers and professional cultures. He shows how closely teacher education and the institutional contexts are entwined in the minds of teachers as well as in professional cultures.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2009