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Multiculturalism in Teacher Education Institutes - The Relationship between Formulated Official Policies and Grassroots Initiatives
The current study examined the multicultural policies advocated and the actual practices in two teacher education colleges in Israel. The main findings reveal a gap between multicultural discourse and policies in two colleges, as manifested in the activity patterns of both teacher education colleges. Furthermore, the difference between the colleges in terms of multicultural discourse and practice is related to the difference in the colleges’ organizational structures and target populations. The authors recommend that there is room for grassroots developments. Finally, the authors recommend that every teacher-education institute in any multicultural country must include the topic of multiculturalism in the curricula.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2015
“Touch It Lightly”: Israeli Students’ Construction of Pedagogical Paradigms About an Emotionally Laden Topic
The purpose of this study is to examine the pedagogical paradigms that preservice teachers construct regarding the teaching of the Holocaust and the identification of trends in the development of these paradigms over their 3-year college program.The authors conclude that the findings reveal that preservice teachers actively engage in pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) relating to emotionally charged topics, and they heavily base their constructions on prior beliefs as well as the educational program to which they have been exposed.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2014
This research set out to examine the contribution of narrative analysis of a hidden story to the potential reassessment of the narrator’s self and identity. The phenomenon of ‘hidden stories’ is presented here through an exemplary story told by a woman teacher, who revealed it for the first time in a seminar work, employing narrative analysis to examine its long-term effect on her. The findings reveal how narrative analysis facilitated the teacher's in-depth understanding of her identity at different life stages, thereby enabling her to reconstruct it anew. The story of the autobiographical event and its analysis helped the teacher not only to free herself from the difficult event that she had undergone as a young pupil, and had hidden for such a long time, but also to confront it face to face and conduct a deep internal dialogue with it.
Updated: Jun. 09, 2014
This study examines the characteristics, advantages and shortcomings of the educational approaches used by Israeli students, who have developed and taught curricula on the intelligent use of the Web. Most of the students chose balanced approaches for developing and teaching curricula on the subject, relating both to the benefits and the dangers of using the Web. Quite a few, however, chose a negative critical approach focusing on the dangers and harmful effects of the Internet. A marginal minority chose a positive approach stressing only the beneficial uses of the Web.
Updated: May. 26, 2014
In this article, the authors examine how teacher training can play an active role in inculcating teachers with sociopolitical awareness and the resultant image of this transformative teacher training. The authors present a conceptual and practical model for training teachers as involved intellectuals in the society and in the community. The model was built in light of educational challenges in the global, technological, and competitive world in general and in Israeli society with its schisms and violence in particular. The article also describes findings from pilot studies which have been done to assess the teacher training program at the Kibbutzim College of Education in Israel.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2014
The purpose of this study is to disclose the types and content of dilemmas teacher educators in Turkey faced with as well as the strategies they used to cope with them. Additionally, the findings were compared with datasets from Israel and The Netherlands in order to make cross-cultural comparisons. The findings indicate that teacher educators are concerned with improving their pedagogy and professionalism in teaching for teaching, with a prime concern for being an initiator of learning. The comparison of the findings reveals that the theory–practice-related dilemmas are among the most prominent across contexts. Furthermore, the comparison's findings reveal that while Israeli and Dutch educators express a preference for the involvement of their students as a strategy to cope with their dilemmas, Turkish educators seem to be coping with them either on their own or by seeking advice from their colleagues.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2014
In this article, the authors present the findings of a study conducted in the context of a national ‘contest of novices’ story writing’ in Israel (2004–2005). This study inquired into first-year teachers’ self-images, struggles, and concerns in the Israeli educational context, as discerned from the 10 selected stories. The analysis of the stories uncovered content dimensions of what the authors refer to as ‘shady corners of teaching’. These corners revolve around three interrelated themes: (1) realizing the limitation of teachers’ capacity; (2) coping with the realization that vision is incompatible with reality; and (3) struggling with the multiple voices that operate in the educational system.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2014
The authors are teacher educators in the Academic College of Education (ACE) program at Kaye Academic College of Education. Over the years, the 10 teacher educators working in the program have developed a community of practice. In this article, the authors explore the crisis they confronted as a professional learning community, the tensions underlying the crisis, the paths to resolving their crisis, and their decision to look more closely at how collaborative communities of practice affect both group and individual identities. The data analysis revealed two general thematic tensions that supported the authors' understanding of their group’s crisis and led them to identify two metaphors that would help them develop a way out of their crisis. These tensions – preservation versus change and collective versus individual identity – related to their shared language and individual and group identity.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2014
A national professional development (PD) framework was developed for the implementation of science standards published by the Israeli Ministry of Education, which was activated before introduction of the standards into the classroom. This research examines the contribution of PD and instruction to the implementation of science standards and whether seniority in teaching together with PD assisted in the implementation. The findings reveal that seniority in teaching helped in implementation, even though veteran teachers usually find it more difficult to accept change.
Updated: May. 29, 2013
Preparing Freshmen Teacher Candidates for Academia, Self-Regulation and Teaching: Effects of an Intervention Program
The authors examine the rationale and description of intervention workshops, Pla'ot (Hebrew acronym for Developing Academic Learning and Self-Regulation). The authors specifically examine the effects of the intervention workshops on its participants. The participants were five instructors, who taught in the workshops, and 96 freshmen teacher candidates in various majors at an Israeli college of education. The findings indicated that After participating in Pla'ot, candidates reportedly improved their (a) academic study strategies, and (b) self-regulation, particularly time management and self-efficacy.
Updated: May. 01, 2013