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This study examined what pedagogical advisors perceive as factors affecting their professional self-efficacy. The major finding is that pedagogical advisors perceive their professional autonomy as a necessary condition for the effective fulfillment of their role. Autonomy allows them to develop their potential in the intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational domains of their work. Their sense of autonomy is based on a connection between freedom and commitment to the teaching profession.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2016
“These Rules Take All the Life Out of My Work...”: Student Teachers Confront the Demands of Academic Writing
This study investigates how master’s students who are also longtime teachers contend with the requirements of academic writing. The purpose of the study is to identify points of difficulty in order to find appropriate methods of support. To this end, the authors interviewed teachers pursuing a master’s degree at a college of education in Israel. During the interviews, the authors identified a number of patterns, including students who were used to different ways of expressing themselves and found it difficult to comply with the principles of academic writing.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2016
The purpose of this study was (a) to examine the manner in which teachers who were experiencing the implementation of an organisational reform perceived their own professional development process, and (b) to observe the manifestations of these perceptions in the development patterns exhibited among the teachers. The findings identified two dimensions that characterise teachers’ professional- development perceptions and goals: teachers differ from each other in terms of the source of their motivation for professional development (intrinsic or extrinsic), and in the type of development they aim for (lateral or vertical).
Updated: Jul. 12, 2016
An Exploration of the Relationships between Mentor Recruitment, the Implementation of Mentoring, and Mentors’ Attitudes
This study examined aspects of mentor recruitment in relationship to the content and logistics of mentoring, mentors’ feelings of role conflict, satisfaction from mentoring, and their attitudes towards the need for matching mentors and new teachers. The results revealed that aspects of mentor recruitment were found to influence both mentoring dynamics and mentors’ attitudes and satisfaction.
Updated: Jul. 11, 2016
The study explores the educational potential embedded in the question-asking strategy as a key mentoring resource when used between an experienced teacher educator and a novice teacher for the professional development of both. The findings reveal that the process of a reflective dialog through asking questions led to deeper analysis by the mentor and novice and effected a change in the paradigm of the novice–mentor relationship. This self-study serves as an example of a teacher educator’s readiness to examine more closely her own mentoring style and its effects on the novice, and to better understand the contribution of a reflective dialog to the professional growth of both novice and mentor teacher.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2016
Caring Relationships in School Staff: Exploring the Link between Compassion and Teacher Work Engagement
In this article, the authors used a moderated-mediation model to examine the direct and indirect effects of compassion and teacher work outcomes such as emotional vigor, burnout, organizational commitment, and job satisfaction. This study demonstrates that everyday acts of compassion generate feelings that seep into individuals’ attitudes and outcomes. The findings revealed that expressions of compassion toward teachers to be positively associated with key teacher work outcomes including emotional vigor, organizational commitment, and job satisfaction, and negatively associated with teacher burnout. Furthermore, the findings indicate that compassion may serve a major role in teachers’ coping abilities with student-misbehavior stress.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2016
In this article, the author argues that we live in a postmodern world in which the pace of the change accelerates daily. The Western world experiences a“crisis of education', in which schools become more irrelevant than ever to real life and teachers lose their authority and influence on the children's lives. This crisis should be addressed by a responsible professional educator, who questions the moral basis of the society and suggests that solidarity and communality are no less significant than individuality, privatization and competition. The author had initiated a teacher education program whose aim is to promote this vision in prospective teachers. ACE [Active-Collaborative-Education] is a teacher education program for post-graduate students conducted in Kaye Academic College of Education in Beer-Sheva.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2016
Personal Professional Trajectories of Novice and Experienced Teacher Educators in a Professional Development Community
This study explores patterns of professional development or non-development among novice and experienced teacher educators in a professional development community (PDC) focused on the infusion of thinking into college courses. The findings revealed three distinct patterns of professional development among teacher educators: one characterizing novice teacher educators and two distinct patterns for the experienced group. The authors conclude that these findings emphasize the importance of teacher educators’ years of experience, attitude towards inquiry, and self-perception of expertise as critical determinants of successful educational reform.
Updated: May. 23, 2016
Behind the Scenes of a Unique Initiative for the Program, 'Preparing former Ethiopians for Teaching'
This article describes a unique initiative in Israel for preparing former immigrants from Ethiopia to become teachers. The author, who initiated this program in her college, describes the challenges she faced. The author outlines that this program is based on merging of two streams of education for multiculturalism: particularistic education at first and pluralistic education later on.
Updated: Apr. 14, 2016
In this article, the authors examined teachers' beliefs and actions concerning the teaching of the seminar course in colleges of education in Israel. As regards the students, they examined self-efficacy, knowledge of the writing process, and the contribution of the seminar course to their writing product. The findings show the lack of a unified method of teaching the seminar course. Analysis of teachers' statements revealed six different perceptions concerning the purpose of the course. However, the common belief of most teachers stated that the seminar work affords an opportunity to combine theory and practice in the field. Results also show strong teacher involvement in the pre-writing stage, for instance, in generating ideas and motivating students to explore and write evidenced-based papers. Most teachers favor creative and reflective thinking at the expense of academic writing conventions.
Updated: Mar. 08, 2016