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‘Without Stones There Is No Arch’: A Study of Professional Development of Teacher Educators as a Team
This work is based on the authors’ experience as teacher educators in the Active Collaborative Education (ACE) teacher education program in College of Education, Israel. The authors study the meaning of professional development as a participative process within a community of practice. The study is based on personal career stories, each told by its author, but once told becoming a chapter in the group’s story, to be further analyzed and interpreted by its members. This process revealed four themes that contribute to professional learning experiences constructed within the context of being in the team: group diversity, interwoven work, the novice stance and collaborative research.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2010
This study aims at understanding teacher educators' professional development (TEPD) from the unique perspective of a group of educators who are regularly involved in planning, managing and implementing varied professional development programs for teacher educators, at the MOFET Institute in Israel. Working theories were derived from the participants' statements as to the preferable course of TEPD. These evolved around three mental images of the professionally well-developed teacher educator: the model pedagogue; the reflective, self-studying practitioner; and the developer of professional identities. These three working theories were followed by a fourth one relating to TEPD from the teacher educators' own point of view.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
Professional Development of Novice Teacher Educators: Professional Self, Interpersonal Relations and Teaching Skills
The article presents the main domains that reinforced novice teacher educators, as evidenced by their feedback regarding a one-year program implemented at an Israeli intercollegiate professional centre. The main argument posits that since the teacher educator plays a key role in the foundation of the teacher education profession, he/she must be an expert in the field. The study of the advantages and outcomes of a unique model of learning while working contributes to the definition of the requisite channels for the teacher educator’s effective induction and skilled specialisation.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
This article presents the results of an exploratory research study into induction practices of novice teacher educators in six different countries. This study aimed to answer the question, 'How do novice teacher educators experience their induction period?' Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews with 11 beginning teacher educators. The findings indicated that induction is quite problematic. None of the teacher educators experienced a satisfying induction into their institute and the profession as well. The results of the interviews mirror the two levels of induction. Firstly, it refers to the organizational induction into the teacher education institute. Secondly, it is about becoming a member of the profession (professional induction).
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
The aim of this study was to explore the teacher educators' experience in writing a book. Eighteen experienced teacher educators, who completed their respective books, were interviewed individually or participated in a focus group discussion. The findings reveal that although the teacher educators had different motivations for writing and took various paths in their writing, they all view this experience as contributing to them cognitively, emotionally and in practice; teaching nourished their writing but was also influenced by and improved as a result of the writing. The authors suggest providing teacher educators with a supportive infrastructure - budgetary, editorial and managerial - in order to encourage them to write and publish.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010
This study attempted to gain a better understanding of teachers' perceptions about their ethical dilemmas and roles. Qualitative data were collected by interviewing 32 teachers in seven schools. Results indicate a large number of dilemmas that can be sorted into five main categories. These include tensions between caring and adhering to formal codes; fair process and fair outcome; school and family agenda; autonomy and educational policy; own religious convictions and that of a colleague. The study may enhance our understanding of teachers' roles and perceptions regarding these ethical dilemmas.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
Dealing with School Violence: The Effect of School Violence Prevention Training on Teachers' Perceived Self-Efficacy in Dealing with Violent Events
This study deals with the relationship between school violence prevention training and teachers' perceived self-efficacy in handling violent events. Three indicators were used to examine teachers' self-efficacy: personal teaching efficacy (PTE), teachers' efficacy in the school as an organisation (TESO), and teachers' outcome efficacy (TOE). A significant relationship was found between teachers who reported receiving high levels of support from the school and TOE in dealing with violence.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
This study probes teachers' attitudes toward parental involvement in schools as a function of four types of school governance as suggested by Bauch and Goldring. Participants of the study included headteachers, chairpersons of parents' committees, and teachers of 11 primary schools in a medium-sized town in Israel.A discriminant analysis found different profiles of teachers' attitudes toward parental involvement: resistant and negative attitudes characterized schools where parents were empowered.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2009
The major aim of this study is to expose attitudes, ideas, beliefs, feelings, and insights that veteran theatre teachers may have experienced in referring to their work, to their life career, and to their own selves. Analyzing the musings of experienced theatre teachers is a way to discover that there are identifiable parameters involved in the formulation of an experienced teacher's identity. Studying the identity of veteran theatre teachers is assigned, in this respect, to the role they play in the 'game' of teaching.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2009
In this article, the authors present the work of a team of Israeli and Palestinian teachers who developed a history textbook that includes both groups' narratives of the same events side by side. The aim was to break down stereotypes and build more nuanced understandings among the next generation of citizens in each of the two states in the region. These teachers then tested the effects of its use in both Israeli and Palestinian classrooms.
Updated: May. 25, 2009