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This study examines student participation in curriculum design at course and programme levels at three higher education institutes at UK, Ireland and USA. Case study methodology and critical theory provided the framework for the research study. This research has outlined a range of different approaches to co-creating curricula. In these examples, student participation has been reported to increase levels of individual and collective student responsibility for their learning, and enhance student performance and teachers’ satisfaction.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2015
Collaboration or confrontation? An Investigation into the Role of Prior Experiences in the Completion of Collaborative Group Tasks by Student Teachers
The purpose of this research was to examine students’ views on the value of their own and others’ prior experiences in the performance and completion of the tasks. They were also asked about how prior experiences might affect the dynamic of the groups they worked in and what improvements might make the tasks more effective. The findings revealed that prior experiences, particularly those related to practical skills, were valued by the students as contributory factors to the successful completion of collaborative tasks. Furthermore, some of the students’ prior experiences led them to take a less active role in the tasks, while others led students to appear highly opinionated. The students were in agreement that there was a need for mutual respect and acceptance of others’ ideas in order to make the groups work effectively.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2015
The main purpose of this article was to understand the activities, social organisation and material conditions of higher education- based teacher educators. The article also explored the teacher educators’ own accounts of their work. This study shows how, under conditions of academic capitalism, these teacher educators were denied opportunities to accumulate research publications and grants and were proletarianised.
Updated: Mar. 03, 2015
Modelling in Initial Teacher Education (ITE): Reflections on the Engagement of Student Teachers with Cooperative Learning in ITE
The participants were experientially trained in cooperative learning approaches through modelling by their tutor for the Pedagogy and Curriculum module of the course. This study examines whether the participants felt confident implementing cooperative learning and if they thought this helped them deliver the new curriculum in Scotland, Curriculum for Excellence. The findings reveal that the capacity of student teachers to engage with cooperative learning was positive. Furthermore, the engagement of departments with any active learning practices had a positive effect on student teachers’ confidence in delivering cooperative learning in the classroom.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2014
Beyond Induction: The Continuing Professional Development Needs of Early-Career Teachers in Scotland
This article describes a research project which explored the CPD needs and priorities of early-career teachers and the barriers to their participation in Scotland. The project employed a three-staged methodology: nominal group technique interviews with teachers in four local authorities; a national online survey; and a stakeholder consultation exercise. The analysis of data led to the development of six strategic recommendations. These recommendations related to issues such as the different needs and work in different contexts of year two to six teachers, the responsibility of local authorities and schools to support year two to six teachers, ect'.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2013
The current article provides an overview of the background and the processes at play in the current reshaping of teacher education in Scotland. The authors reviewed policy documents and reports regarding the teacher education system in Scotland. The article starts with the developments emanating in the past decade from the McCrone Report and finishes with the recent Donaldson Report. The article concludes that the teacher education system in Scotland has been strongly influenced by needing to connect with the two dominant existing policies relating, respectively, to teachers’ work and conditions and to curriculum reform.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2013
This article has explored how cultural, social and institutional factors impact on the working lives and identities of teacher educators in Scotland. The author found that four groups constitute the bulk of the academic staff populating the departments and schools of education in Scotland. These four distinctive groups include former college staff, longstanding university staff, newly appointed university staff, and temporary university staff. For each group, there is a range of factors that will have shaped their professional identity as well as a number of choices or decisions they have made that will also play a significant part.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2013
Helping Trainee Teachers Realize the Potential of Information and Communication Technology: A Case Study from Scottish History
This article examines how trainee teacher used Information and Communication Technology to enhance their students' learning. The article focuses on teaching history education in Scotland through a series of multimedia CD ROMs. The author concludes that Scottish multimedia resources helped students investigate the past through a process which began by asking questions and ended with presenting the conclusions. Furthermore, the programs also demonstrate to teacher trainees some of the ways in which ICT can enhance teaching and learning.
Updated: Jan. 30, 2013
This paper aims to identify teacher characteristics which could describe excellent teachers in Scotland. The concept described as ‘teachers for excellence’. Eighty-eight teachers responded to a questionnaire which asked them to rate in importance 44 characteristics of excellent teachers. The findings of this study reveal that teachers saw teaching as an interaction between practitioners and pupils. The findings of this study reveal that teachers saw teaching as an interaction between practitioners and pupils. The teachers consistently described excellence in terms of personal qualities and interpersonal skills.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2012
This longitudinal study considers beginning teachers’ perspectives relating to the challenges of finding and holding employment and of succeeding in their careers and classrooms. The participants were a group of student teachers who completed one-year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in geography at the same Scottish university in 2005–2006. Three issues shaping new teacher identities within the current Scottish context have been identified: employment uncertainty, New Teacher Induction Scheme ethos and expectations, and ensuring continuous and secure EPL.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2012