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MOFET ITEC Portal Newsletter

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We are delighted to send you the latest issue of The MOFET ITEC Portal resource list.

The current bulletin represents the latest articles and some significant trends published in academic journals that focus on teacher education, pedagogy and instruction.

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January 6, 2009 International Portal of Teacher Education
January 2009
Featured Items
Charting the Dispositional Knowledge of Beginning Teachers in Special Education
When graduate students enter special education programs, they arrive with dispositional knowledge that can assist or hinder them in their professional development. Over the course of two years, the researchers assessed the dispositions of beginning teachers in a special education program at a west coast state university in order to better understand and enhance the teacher education process. The results of this study describe how students entered the program with a variety of perceptions and attitudes and how course work and clinical experiences in these programs affected students' attitudes, as instructors began building on students' prior experience and knowledge.
An Investigation of the Effects of Variations in Mentor-Based Induction on the Performance of Students in California
Policy makers are concerned about teacher shortages and the high rate of attrition among new teachers. Mentor-based induction has been shown to reduce the numbers of new teachers leaving schools or the profession. However, staying in the profession does not mean that new teachers are effective in helping students learn. The purpose of the project was to study how variations in new teacher support programs are related to changes in student achievement.
Critical Friends Groups: The Possibilities and Limitations Embedded in Teacher Professional Communities Aimed at Instructional Improvement and School Reform
This study builds upon research on teacher professional communities and high school restructuring reforms. It employs a conceptual framework that draws upon theories of “community of practice” and “community of learners.” The study analyzes how teachers’ professional inquiry communities at the high school level constitute a resource for school reform and instructional improvement. The findings demonstrate how the enactment of design choices holds particular consequences for the nature and quality of teacher learning and school improvement.
Getting Real: Exploring the Perceived Disconnect between Education Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
The authors conducted this year-long self-study to answer the question: What could the college’s education program do to improve preparation for teaching in inner-city schools? Through their year-long collaboration in a middle-school writing classroom in an inner-city charter school, the authors examined what a prospective teacher learned in his education program that helped and hindered him. Then, they explored how the successful approaches he developed as a new teacher could be incorporated into the college’s preservice program.
Small-School Reform Through the Lens of Complexity Theory: It’s “Good to Think With”
In light of the consistent underperformance of the comprehensive high school, districts across the country, mostly urban, have begun creating small schools, believing that they may offer a more personalized, supportive, and demanding learning environment.The article draws on fundamental features of complexity theory (e.g., initial conditions, distributed authority, control parameters, fractals, and synergy) as a way to assess both the problems and promise of small-school reform.
Creating Collegial Relationships: A Precondition and Product of Self-Study
This article reports a self-study conducted during the author's four-year tenure as head of the elementary school department within a college of education. During that period, she explored her developing understanding of the role of relationships in the processes of her professional and personal growth. The author describes the three cycles of action that comprise the process of change she instigated in the department. She also describes the three phases she identified retrospectively.
The Phenomenon of Blogs and Theoretical Model of Blog Use in Educational Contexts
The present study reviews prior studies on educational blogs and traditional computer-mediated communication (CMC) applications and analyzes the benefits of educational blogs over traditional CMC tools. It develops a model for the use of blogs in educational contexts by taking into account socio-technical systems theory. The model contributes to interactivity, an open system, a visualization tool, and a decentralized environment of online communication circumstance.
January 2009
All Recent Items
Multiculturalism & Diversity

The Influence of Multicultural Educational Practices on Student Outcomes and Intergroup Relations

Professional Development

Teacher Attrition and Retention: A Meta-Analytic and Narrative Review of the Research
Critical Friends Groups: The Possibilities and Limitations Embedded in Teacher Professional Communities Aimed at Instructional Improvement and School Reform
Blended Learning For Professional Development: An Evaluation Of A Program For Middle School Mathematics And Science Teachers
A Culture of Collaborative Inquiry: Learning to Develop and Support Professional Learning Communities
Teacher Behaviour and Student Outcomes: Suggestions for Research on Teacher Training and Professional Development

TE & Instruction

Impact of Case-Based Instruction on Student Teachers' Reflection on Facilitating Children's Learning
Effective Programs in Elementary Mathematics: A Best-Evidence Synthesis
The Teacher’s Role in Classroom Discourse: A Review of Recent Research Into Mathematics Classrooms
Tracking In The Era of High Stakes State Accountability Reform: Case Studies Of Classroom Instruction In North Carolina
Leaving No Child Behind Yet Allowing None Too Far Ahead: Ensuring (In)Equity in Mathematics Education Through the Science of Measurement and Instruction
Small-School Reform Through the Lens of Complexity Theory: It’s “Good to Think With”
Small Schools, Large Districts: Small-School Reform and New York City’s Students
Assessing the Effects of Small School Size on Mathematics Achievement: A Propensity Score-Matching Approach
Contrasting Paths to Small-School Reform: Results of a 5-year Evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s National High Schools Initiative
A Study of Comprehensive School Reform Programs in Arizona
Comprehensive School Reform Instructional Practices Throughout a School Year: The Role of Subject Matter, Grade Level, and Time of Year
Teacher Support of Student Autonomy in Comprehensive School Reform Classrooms
Learning Motivation: The Role of Opportunity
Student Perceptions of Teacher Support
Student Perceptions of Small-Group Learning
Student Motivational Dynamics
What We Learned About Research on School Reform: Considerations for Practice and Policy
Montessori and the Mainstream: A Century of Reform on the Margins
Peer Pedagogy: Student Collaboration and Reflection in a Learning-Through-Design Project
Building and Destroying Students' 'Academic Identities': The Power of Discourse in A Two-Way Immersion Classroom
Teachers’ Sanction in the Classroom: Effect of Age, Experience, Gender and Academic Context
Teacher Investment in Learner Identity

Research Methods

Power, Participation and Decision Making in the Primary Classroom: Children as Action Researchers
The Implementation of A Collaborative Action Research Programme for Developing Inclusive Practices: Social Learning in Small Internal Networks

Mentoring & Supervision

Faculty Mentoring Programs: Reenvisioning Rather Than Reinventing the Wheel
An Investigation of the Effects of Variations in Mentor-Based Induction on the Performance of Students in California

Teacher Educators

Biography, Identity, and Inquiry: The Making of Teacher, Teacher Educator, and Researcher

TE Programs

Practicing What We Preach: Using Reflective Writing as an Indicator of Learning
Authentic Conversation as Faculty Development: Establishing a Self-Study Group in A Faculty of Education
Creating Collegial Relationships: A Precondition and Product of Self-Study
Effective Teacher Training at the Autism Institute in the People's Republic of China
Co-Teaching at the Pre-Service Level-Special Education Majors Collaborate with English Education Majors

Preservice Students

International Field Experiences: The Impact of Class, Gender and Race on the Perceptions and Experiences of Preservice Teachers

Beginning Teachers

We Taught Them about Literacy but What Did They Learn? The Impact of A Preservice Teacher Education Program on the Practices of Beginning Teachers
Charting the Dispositional Knowledge of Beginning Teachers in Special Education

Teaching Assessment

Assessment and Academic Identity: Using Embedded Assessment as an Instrument for Academic Socialization in Science Education

Technology & Computers

The Phenomenon of Blogs and Theoretical Model of Blog Use in Educational Contexts
Audio Use in E-Learning: What, Why, When, and How?
A Case Study of Computer Gaming for Math: Engaged Learning from Gameplay?
Surface and Deep Learning Processes in Distance Education: Synchronous versus Asynchronous Systems
Exploring the Relationship between Emotions and the Acquisition of Computer Knowledge
The Nature, Reception, and Use of Online Peer Feedback in Higher Education
'A New Way of Looking?' Reflections Upon One Teacher's Experience of Supporting Learners Using Handheld Computers
Using Alternative Lenses to Examine Effective Teachers’ Use of Technology with Low-Performing Students
Florida’s EETT Leveraging Laptops Initiative and Its Impact on Teaching Practices
The Interaction of Pedagogical Approach, Gender, Self-Regulation, and Goal Orientation Using Student Response System Technology
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Action: A Case Study of a Middle School Digital Documentary Project
Effects of Multimedia Software on Achievement of Middle School Students in an American History Class
Teachers' Instructional Choices with Student-Created Digital Documentaries: Case Studies
The Use of Google Page Creator to Develop E-Portfolios in a Teacher Education Program: An Example from Portugal

Theories & Approaches

'A Teacher's Job Doesn't Only Happen in the Classroom': Preservice Teachers, the Classroom, and the School
Examining the Pedagogical Foundations of Modern Educational Computer Games
Deweyan Reflections on Knowledge-Producing Schools
Care of the Self in a Context of Accountability

TE - General Trends

Getting Real: Exploring the Perceived Disconnect between Education Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
Characteristics of Effective Alternative Teacher Certification Programs
The Hidden Curriculum of Performance-Based Teacher Education

January 2009
 
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