Jun. 23, 2009
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June 23, 2009 International Portal of Teacher Education
June 2009
Featured Items
Improving Preservice Middle Grades Science Teachers’ Understanding of the Nature of Science Using Three Instructional Approaches
The purpose of this study was to examine changes in preservice teachers’ understanding of the nature of science (NOS) as a result of four activity-based interventions. These interventions represent three instructional approaches used in a middle grades science methods course. 10 participants’ understanding of NOS and their perceptions about the activity-based interventions were investigated.
Enhancing Advocacy Skills of Teacher Candidates
This case study investigates the dynamics of enhancing the capacities of teacher candidates in the Bilingual/Bicultural Education Students Interacting to Obtain Success (BESITOS) recruitment and retention program to advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. This study describes the efforts of one Midwestern university to increase the number of highly qualified teachers prepared to address the challenges that confront CLD students.
Feelings of Existential Fulfilment and Burnout Among Secondary School Teachers
Teacher burnout is recognized as a serious problem. In research it has been related to many person-specific variables; one of these, the variable of existential fulfilment, has received very little attention thus far. The present study focuses on the relationship between existential fulfilment and burnout among 504 secondary school teachers in the Netherlands. The inquiry demonstrated the importance of existential fulfilment for the prevalence and prevention of burnout among teachers.
Building Resilience in Pre-Service Teachers
The paper explores the role that professional experiences (practicum) can play in building resilience in pre-service teachers. In particular it focuses on a learning communities model of professional experience. This model puts its emphasis on relationships and pays attention to the complex and dynamic interactions between individuals and their ‘student teaching’ contexts.
An Inquiry-Based Practicum Model: What Knowledge, Practices, and Relationships Typify Empowering Teaching and Learning Experiences for Student Teachers, Cooperating Teachers and College Supervisors?
The author explores an inquiry-based teaching/learning model involving diverse members of learning communities. A triad of cooperating teachers, student teachers, and a college supervisor engaged in ongoing discourse. The purpose of this discourse is to investigate the teacher–learner (expert–novice) reciprocity, school culture and social relations.
Examining Teacher Ethical Dilemmas in Classroom Assessment
This study documents ethical conflicts faced by teachers in the United States regarding assessment of students. The most frequently mentioned assessment topics causing conflict included grading, standardized testing, and special populations. These findings suggest that explicit guidelines for defining and avoiding unethical behavior would be helpful to teachers in developing their assessment practices.
June 2009
All Recent Items
Multiculturalism & Diversity
Te Kotahitanga: Addressing Educational Disparities Facing Māori Students in New Zealand
Building Cultural Responsiveness in Rural, Preservice Teachers Using a Multicultural Children's Literature Project
Visualizing Culturally Relevant Science Pedagogy Through Photonarratives of Black Middle School Teachers
Conversations on Race in Teacher Education Cohorts

Professional Development

Using Common Formative Assessments as A Source of Professional Development in An Urban American Elementary School
Characteristics of Teachers' Conversations about Teaching Mean, Median, and Mode
Feelings of Existential Fulfilment and Burnout Among Secondary School Teachers
Teacher Commitment Trends: Cases of Hong Kong Teachers from 1997 to 2007
Engaging Early Childhood Teachers in the Thinking and Practice of Inquiry: Collaborative Research Mentorship as a Tool for Shifting Teacher Identity
The Impact of an Ongoing Professional Development Program on Prekindergarten Teachers' Mathematics Practices
Transformative Professional Development: A Model for Urban Science Education Reform
Teaching for Self or Others? Lessons from An Educator's Log
Teachers' Voices Concerning Collaborative Teams within An Inclusive Elementary School

TE & Instruction

Experienced Teachers' Informal Learning: Learning Activities and Changes in Behavior and Cognition
Building Resilience in Pre-Service Teachers
Lesson Study with Preservice Teachers: Lessons from Lessons
Team Teaching in an Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Program: A Decade of Lessons Learned
Instructional Practices Related to Prospective Elementary School Teachers’ Motivation for Fractions
Forms of Mathematical Interaction in Different Social Settings: Examples from Students’, Teachers’ and Teacher–Students’ Communication about Mathematics
Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teachers’ Reflective Thinking Skills: Descriptions of Their Students’ Thinking and Interpretations of Their Teaching
Provision of In-Service Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers in Botswana: Teachers’ Perspectives
Instructing Special Education Pre-Service Teachers through Literacy Video Cases

Research Methods

Compassion and Mindfulness in Research among Colleagues

Mentoring & Supervision

Novice Teachers' Perspectives on Mentoring: The Case of the Estonian Induction Year

TE Programs

An Inquiry-Based Practicum Model: What Knowledge, Practices, and Relationships Typify Empowering Teaching and Learning Experiences for Student Teachers, Cooperating Teachers and College Supervisors?
Promoting Student Teachers' Understanding of Action Research: An Experience from Teacher Education in Ethiopia

Preservice Students

Enhancing Advocacy Skills of Teacher Candidates
Exploring the Salient Experiences of Pre-Service Teacher Candidates Who Were Former Volunteer Tutors

Beginning Teachers

Tailoring National Standards to Early Science Teacher Identities: Building on Personal Histories to Support Beginning Practice
Improving Preservice Middle Grades Science Teachers’ Understanding of the Nature of Science Using Three Instructional Approaches

Teaching Assessment

Assessing Self-Evaluation in A Science Methods Course: Power, Agency, Authority and Learning
Examining Teacher Ethical Dilemmas in Classroom Assessment
Developing a Data-Driven Assessment for Early Childhood Candidates

Technology & Computers

Higher Education Faculty Perceptions on Technology Integration and Training
Developmentally Appropriate Technology Use and Early Childhood Teacher Education

Theories & Approaches

Secondary Teachers' Conceptual Metaphors of Teaching and Learning: Changes Over The Career Span

TE - General Trends

Diverse Field Experiences as a Catalyst for Preparing High Quality Early Childhood Teachers
June 2009
 
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