Dec. 31, 2012
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December 31, 2012 International Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
December 2012
Featured Items
On becoming a teacher educator
This article explores how the changes in teacher education in Australia have influenced teacher educators' identity as a professional group. This paper is based on the observations and experiences of the author, who has been teacher educator for the past two decades. The author concludes that the challenge now is for teacher educators to raise their profile in the academy by positively addressing the endemic uncertainty of knowledge of practice through an explication of their pedagogy of teacher education.
An Integrated Research Course Sequence: Empowering Teacher Candidates to Become Researchers in their Classrooms
In this paper, the author examines an attempt to empower teacher candidates to become researchers in their own classrooms through an integrated research course sequence in the Masters of Arts in teaching program at Quinnipiac University. The author identified four recurring themes that shed light on some of the strengths and weaknesses of the research course sequence at Quinnipiac.
Educate, Equip, Engage, Empower: A Framework for Preparing Preservice Teachers in Civic Education
This article presents a theoretical framework for citizenship education grounded in historical, philosophical, theoretical, and practical experience foundations. This '4E framework' for citizenship education provides a way for educators to actualize goals for civic empowerment with their students. The 4E model proposes a four-part process for student learning: educate, equip, engage, and empower.
We're All in this Together: Collaborative Professional Development with Student Teaching Supervisors
The current article describes a collaborative professional development experience with student teaching supervisors. The participants were 98 preservice teachers and 16 early childhood supervisors from early childhood teacher education program at a large, public university in the southeastern United States. The findings reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the project. The findings offered some suggestions to improve the collaborative professional development. The authors conclude with the recommendation that university-based personnel must understand the complexity of school-based supervision and work to find ways to foster more collaborative and supportive relationships with supervisors.
Exploring the Characteristics of ‘Teachers for Excellence’: Teachers’ Own Perceptions
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.
December 2012
All Recent Items
Professional Development
We're All in this Together: Collaborative Professional Development with Student Teaching Supervisors

Teacher Education & Instruction

Exploring the Characteristics of ‘Teachers for Excellence’: Teachers’ Own Perceptions
The Nature of the Relationship between Teaching Concerns and Sense of Efficacy
Learning to Teach in the National Curriculum Context
Culturally Responsive Pedagogies in the Classroom: Indigenous Student Experiences across the Curriculum
Tracing Discourses of Health and the Body: Exploring Pre-service Primary Teachers' Constructions of ‘Healthy’ Bodies
Co-constructing Imaginative Spaces: Public Art in Pre-service Teacher Education
Case-Based Instruction in Early Childhood Teacher Preparation: Does It Work?
Impact of Curriculum Training on State-Funded Prekindergarten Teachers' Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices
Validation of the Early Childhood Ecology Scale-Revised: A Reflective Tool for Teacher Candidates

Research Methods

Reflection on Reflection on Reflection: Collaboration in Action Research

Teacher Educators

Facilitating Teacher Educators' Professional Learning through a Regional Research Capacity-Building Network
On becoming a teacher educator
Defining the Job of University Supervisor: A Department-Wide Study of University Supervisors’ Practices
Teacher Educators and ‘Accidental’ Careers in Academe: An Australian Perspective

Teacher Education Programs

Educate, Equip, Engage, Empower: A Framework for Preparing Preservice Teachers in Civic Education
It's Not About Logic, It's About Logics of Practice: A Case Study of Teacher Education Reform in New Zealand
Master's Programs in Israeli Colleges of Education: A New Learning Opportunity in Early Childhood Education

Preservice Students

An Integrated Research Course Sequence: Empowering Teacher Candidates to Become Researchers in their Classrooms
Is Music an Active Developmental Tool or Simply a Supplement? Early Childhood Preservice Teachers' Beliefs About Music
Writing Development Over Time: Examining Preservice Teachers' Attitudes and Beliefs About Writing
Their Portfolios, Our Role: Examining a Community College Teacher Education Digital Portfolio Program From the Students' Perspective
Can I Teach English to Children? Turkish Preservice Teacher Candidates and Very Young Learners

Beginning Teachers

Inducting New Teachers in Illinois: Challenge and Response
Stayers and Leavers: Early-Career Teacher Effectiveness and Attrition

Teaching Assessment

Changes over Time in Faculty Attitudes, Confidence, and Understanding as Related to Program Assessment

Theories & Approaches

Seeking Knowledge Through Global Media
“Development as an Aim of Education”: A Reconsideration of Dewey’s Vision
Teaching as Sheltering: A Metaphorical Analysis of Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners
Rethinking the Practicum: Limitations and Possibilities
December 2012
 
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