Jul. 24, 2013
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MOFET ITEC Portal Newsletter

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July 24, 2013 International Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
July 2013
Featured Items
Predicting Performance: A Comparison of University Supervisors’ Predictions and Teacher Candidates’ Scores on a Teaching Performance Assessment
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between university supervisors’ predictions and teacher candidates’ performance on a summative assessment based on a capstone teaching event, part of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT). The findings indicate that university supervisors’ perspectives about their candidates did not always correspond with outcomes on the PACT teaching event, a summative performance assessment. In addition, most of the candidates with the highest and lowest scores on the assessment were not those for whom the supervisors anticipated outstanding or poor performance.
Teacher education reform and challenges in Norway
Teacher education in Norway is nationally regulated and is currently undergoing extensive changes. The authors outline the various education routes for teachers and some of the ongoing work to improve teacher education. The authors focus on the reform that has come the farthest: initial teacher education for grades 1–7 and grades 5–10. The authors discuss the controversies abound in teacher education, and the relationship between designing programmes that enable the development of skills and also enhance becoming a teacher..
Teacher Educators Mediating Curricular Reform: Anticipating the Australian Curriculum
This article reports on an interview study that explored how teacher educators across different disciplines anticipate the work that must be done to produce critical professionals to teach the new Australian curriculum. The authors summarize the differences indicated across the four curriculum areas sampled: English teacher educators seemed mostly concerned about political interference in educational matters; history teacher educators seemed mostly concerned about the status of knowledge in the proposed curriculum; a maths educators had concerns around the rationale for selection of curricular content; and science educators were concerned about personal relevance and the pedagogical implications of over-selection of content.
Preservice Teachers’ Reflection on Clinical Experiences: A Comparison of Blog and Final Paper Assignments
The authors investigated whether blog reflections would show a greater depth of reflection (DoR( than end-of-the-semester paper reflections. The authors developed a reflection assessment tool, Framework of Four Levels of Reflection for Teacher Education. The results indicated that the preservice teachers who completed blogs showed higher levels of reflection in their writing compared to those who completed papers. Furthermore, the blogs were shorter than the papers. These results indicate that reflections posted to blogs over the course of the semester are more effective than final papers for reflective assignments.
Academic Mentoring and Dropout Prevention for Students in Math, Science and Technology
The authors examined the effect of a new academic mentoring program on student academic integration, success and persistence. Specifically, the authors focused on the MIRES program (Mentoring for the Integration and Success of Science Students) aimed at preventing student dropout in math, science and technology. The MIRES program was implemented in two colleges in the Quebec City area. The results showed that participation in the MIRES programs had positive effects on motivation, career decision profile, college adjustment and academic success and persistence of students. The findings also revealed that the MIRES program had a greater impact on the perseverance of male, rather than female students.
The Penetration of Technocratic Logic into the Educational Field: Rationalizing Schooling from the Progressives to the Present
This article compares three major movements demanding accountability in American education across: The efficiency reforms of the Progressive Era; The movement toward accountability in the late 1960s and early 1970s; and The modern standards and accountability movement, culminating in No Child Left Behind. This paper considers the three movements as cases of school “rationalization” in the Weberian sense in that each sought to reduce variation and discretion across schools in favor of increasingly formal systems of standardized top-down control.
Student Teaching for a Specialized View of Professional Practice? Opportunities to Learn in and for Urban, High-Needs Schools
This study explores opportunities to learn within and across student teaching placements.The authors analyze the degree to which placement experiences present equitable opportunities for PSTs to build a specialized knowledge base. The authors found that all participants repeatedly praised student teaching for nurturing emerging professional identities and conferring new self-confidence. Specifically, the authors address three core strands of opportunity reportedly experienced by participants. These include opportunities to learn about curriculum and content; opportunities to see and participate in, but usually not plan for, “what’s possible”; and opportunities to struggle with and for youth.
July 2013
All Recent Items
Professional Development
Linking Student Achievement Growth to Professional Development Participation and Changes in Instruction: A Longitudinal Study of Elementary Students and Teachers in Title I Schools

Teacher Education & Instruction

Teaching All Children: Preparing Early Childhood Preservice Teachers in Inclusive Settings
Using a Computerized Classroom Simulation to Prepare Pre-Service Teachers
Preservice Teachers’ Reflection on Clinical Experiences: A Comparison of Blog and Final Paper Assignments
Training by Gaming: Preparing Teachers of Today for Tomorrow’s Learning Environments
Enhancing the Development of Pre-service Teacher Professional Identity via an Online Classroom Simulation

Research Methods

Is Action Research a Contradiction in Terms? Do Communities of Practice Mean the End of Educational Research as We Know It? Some Remarks Based on One Recent Example of Religious Education Research

Mentoring & Supervision

Learning to Teach with Two Mentors: Revisiting the ‘‘Two-Worlds Pitfall’’ in Student Teaching
Academic Mentoring and Dropout Prevention for Students in Math, Science and Technology

Teacher Educators

Teacher Educators Mediating Curricular Reform: Anticipating the Australian Curriculum

Teacher Education Programs

Feelings of Preparedness Among Alternatively Certified Teachers: What is the Role of Program Features?
Student Teaching for a Specialized View of Professional Practice? Opportunities to Learn in and for Urban, High-Needs Schools
How Deeply and how Well? How Ready to Teach Mathematics after a One-Year Program?

Preservice Students

Enhancing Lesson Planning and Quality of Classroom Life: A Study of Mathematics Student Teachers' Use of Technology
Pre-Service and Beginning Teachers Rate the Utility of Virtual Museum Web Sites
Playing Exergames in the Classroom: Pre-service Teachers’ Motivation, Passion, Effort, and Perspectives

Beginning Teachers

Professionalism and the Post-Performative Teacher: New Teachers Reflect on Autonomy and Accountability in the English School System
Examining the Effectiveness of the Remote Observation of Graduate Interns

Teaching Assessment

Predicting Performance: A Comparison of University Supervisors’ Predictions and Teacher Candidates’ Scores on a Teaching Performance Assessment

Technology & Computers

The Preservice Technology Training Experiences of Novice Teachers
Technology Integration for Pre-Service Teachers: Evaluating the Team-Taught Cohort Model
Designing Applets that Instantiate Effective Mathematics Pedagogy
An IRT Analysis of Preservice Teacher Self-efficacy in Technology Integration
Effectiveness and Impact of Technology-Enabled Project-Based Learning with the Use of Process Prompts in Teacher Education
Identifying Evidence of Reflective Ability in Preservice Teacher Electronic Portfolios
Supporting Preservice Teacher Inquiry with Electronic Portfolios
Modeling Augmented Reality Games with Preservice Elementary and Secondary Science Teachers

Theories & Approaches

Teacher education reform and challenges in Norway
Students’ Interest in Social Studies and Negotiation Self-Efficacy: A Meta-Analysis of the GlobalEd Project

Trends in Teacher Education

The Penetration of Technocratic Logic into the Educational Field: Rationalizing Schooling from the Progressives to the Present
July 2013
 
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