Feb. 27, 2013
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MOFET ITEC Portal Newsletter

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We are delighted to be sending you the first issue of ITEC Portal resource list of 2013, with the latest articles published in academic journals focusing on teacher education, pedagogy and instruction.

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February 27, 2013 International Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
February 2013
Featured Items
Factors that Influence Pre-service Teachers’ ICT Usage in Education
This study was aimed to identify the inter-relationships among internal factors and external factors that might affect pre-service teachers’ use of ICT. The participants were 1898 pre-service teachers in 18 different Turkish universities. The results indicate that pre-service teachers might have difficulty with integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. This study revealed that Turkish pre-service teachers used basic ICT applications. The pre-service teachers also reported that their knowledge level about advanced ICT applications was low.
The Multi-faceted Teacher Educator: A Norwegian Perspective
This article describes the Noewegian teacher education context in which two new teacher educators, John and Karen, start work in a university. The article looks at the many roles they have to undertake in that work, and the explicit and implicit requirements they have to meet. Finally, the article examines some of the frustrations both John and Karen may face, many of which are shared by their more experienced peers, as members of the professional community of teacher educators.
Pre-service Teachers’ Greater Power to Act in the Classroom: Analysis of the Circumstances for Professional Development
This case study examined the professional development of a pre-service mathematics teacher. The objective was to identify the circumstances in which professional activity developed during and as a result of mentoring interactions and classroom teaching experience. The results show that the instructions given by the co-operating teacher, university supervisor, and an experienced maths teacher were resources for this development when they allowed the pre-service teacher to think about her teaching activity and construct more personal actions, adapted to the characteristics of her classroom experience.
Preparing Teachers to Use Technology: Considerations from a Capstone Mathematics and Technology Course
This article reports on the course entitled Capstone Mathematics, Statistics, and Technology for Teachers at Utah State University (USU). This course combines the goals of a capstone mathematics experience and those of a technology course for future teachers. The students in this course learn to use technology as they examine secondary mathematics topics from an advanced standpoint. The author concludes that technology skills can be most effectively addressed in the context of collaborative mathematics learning experiences.
Teacher Education in the United States of America, 2011
In this article, The authors identify half a dozen challenges that confront the schooling of children and youth and appeal for teacher educators to lead efforts to address each of these needs. The authors recommend that teacher educators should rethink continually the content of programmes, the way courses are delivered, the suitability of the clinical component and the student teaching experience, and the best ways to assess the impact of the programme.
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.
Curriculum of Initial Teacher Education in Portugal: New Contexts, Old Problems
The current article examines the major trends in the recent ITE curriculum in the Portuguese context, as a consequence of the Bologna process, which has been in place in European universities over the past few years. The author concludes that there are several issues who need further concern, such as the link between theory and practice and university context and school context, the recruitment and training of mentors and supervisors, and the developing of a training project with and within schools .
Four ‘Academic Sub-Tribes’, But One Territory? Teacher educators and Teacher Education in Scotland
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.
Teacher Education in Canada
This article provides a brief overview of Canadian pre-service teacher education. The article also outlines some issues and factors facing and influencing these teacher education programmes, such as declining school enrolment, the use and abuse of technology and social media, the theory–practice divide and accessibility to teacher education programmes.
February 2013
All Recent Items
Multiculturalism & Diversity
Learning to Resist: Educational Counter-Narratives of Black College Reentry Mothers
Race, Poverty and SAT Scores: Modeling the Influences of Family Income on Black and White High School Students’ SAT Performance

Professional Development

Pre-service Teachers’ Greater Power to Act in the Classroom: Analysis of the Circumstances for Professional Development
Examining Physics Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching a New Physics Curriculum
Evidence that Teacher Interactions with Pedagogical Contexts Facilitate Chemistry-Content Learning in K-8 Professional Development
Reflections on Discourse Practices During Professional Development on the Learning Cycle
Science Teachers’ Meaning-Making When Involved in a School-Based Professional Development Project

Teacher Education & Instruction

Helping Trainee Teachers Realize the Potential of Information and Communication Technology: A Case Study from Scottish History
Promoting Creative Thinking and Expression of Science Concepts Among Elementary Teacher Candidates Through Science Content Movie Creation and Showcasing
Preparing Teachers to Use Technology: Considerations from a Capstone Mathematics and Technology Course

Research Methods

The Effects of Student Demographics and School Resources on California School Performance Gain: A Fixed Effects Panel Model
Exploring the nature of the researcher–practitioner relationship in qualitative educational research publications

Teacher Educators

Four ‘Academic Sub-Tribes’, But One Territory? Teacher educators and Teacher Education in Scotland
The Multi-faceted Teacher Educator: A Norwegian Perspective

Special Education

A Triarchic Model for Teaching “Introduction to Special Education”: Case Studies, Content Acquisition Podcasts, and Effective Feedback

Teacher Education Programs

Curriculum of Initial Teacher Education in Portugal: New Contexts, Old Problems
Mathematics Teacher Education Quality in TEDS-M: Globalizing the Views of Future Teachers and Teacher Educators

Preservice Students

Developing Communication Competence Using An Online Video Reflection System: Pre-service Teachers’ Experiences
Factors that Influence Pre-service Teachers’ ICT Usage in Education
The Impact of an Inquiry-Based Geoscience Field Course on Pre-service Teachers

Beginning Teachers

Comparing Novice and Expert Perceptions of Interactive Multimedia Tools for Conveying Conceptions of Size and Scale
Induction and Efficacy: A Case Study of New Zealand Newly Qualified Secondary Science Teachers

Teaching Assessment

The Map is the Territory: Educational Evaluation and the Topology of Power

Technology & Computers

Student Response Systems in the College Classroom: An Investigation of Short-term, Intermediate, and Long-term Recall of Facts
Exploring the Relationship between Teachers Prominence in Online Collaboration and the Development of Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching
Examining Teachers’ Personal and Professional Use of Facebook: Recommendations for teacher education programming

Theories & Approaches

Teacher Education in Canada
Teacher Education in the United States of America, 2011
Social Capital and the College Enrollment Process: How Can a School Program Make a Difference?
Learning to See Students: Opportunities to Develop Relational Practices of Teaching through Community-Based Placements in Teacher Education
February 2013
 
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