Search results for: Teachers' needs
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Understanding teachers’ professional learning needs: what does it mean to teachers and how can it be supported?
Based on an in-depth study of a large number of teachers at one school, this paper begins to unpack the participants’ views about and the expectations they hold for their professional learning. Data were collected over two school terms through several focus group interviews reaching approximately two-thirds of the staff. Analysis of the data sets led to identification of themes used to categorise teachers’ perceived areas of developmental need (e.g. special needs, wellbeing, etc.) and what would be required to address these needs (e.g. time, collaboration, etc.). Findings indicate that what teachers receive to support their professional learning is not always what they want or value. Their aspirations regarding their professional learning needs tend to be more informed by their own beliefs about learning and teaching rather than more global, systematic or operational requirements.
Updated: Jan. 11, 2022
Revealing the professional learning needs of teachers for the successful mentoring of teacher candidate
In recent years, increased attention has been focused on the mentoring of teacher candidates throughout Turkey. In particular, the requirement for school principals and mentor teachers to attend mentor education programmes as specified in the Teacher Strategy Document (TSD) set forth by Ministry of National Education (MoNE). Therefore, the aim of the following study is to reveal the professional learning needs of teachers who are assigned as mentors. The authors framed the research issue by outlining the professional learning needs of mentor teachers from the perspective of mentor teachers, university supervisors and teacher candidates. This research took place at three state universities along with the associated practicum schools. It was revealed in the study findings that mentor teacher education programmes were designed around three primary themes: professional knowledge and skills, core mentoring skills and social qualifications.
Updated: Dec. 12, 2021
This study aims to find out the most important professional skill needs for prospective teachers, and whether they have a common view on their professional skill needs. Participants of the study were 36 prospective teachers at a university in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. The data were collected through 36 Q sentences. The results obtained in this study reveal the needs of prospective teachers to develop their professional skills in assessment and evaluation. Also, it was determined in the study that the prospective teachers need to improve themselves the most for the education of students with special needs. Based on the results of this research, assessment-evaluation, teaching technologies and especially special education should be given priority in teacher education programs. Further studies could concentrate on more specific professional skill needs of prospective teachers in the context of these issues.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2021
The purpose of this study is to describe the professional development needs and activities of 61 teacher educators across six national jurisdictions (England, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Scotland and The Netherlands) and to reveal influencing factors and affordances conducive to professional development. Semi-structured interviews constituted questions on professional learning opportunities and teacher education and research. Results from the interviews convey themes around the areas of (i) self-initiated professional development, (ii) the importance of experiencing professional development through collaboration with peers and colleagues, (iii) accessing opportunities to improve teacher education teaching practices, and (iv) the inextricable link between teaching and research and, consequently, the need to upskill in research skills. Discussion points that arise include the induction period, frustration and tension in navigation, haphazard professional learning and learning with, and from, each other.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2020
Capturing the relations between teacher educators’ opportunities for professional growth, work pressure, work related basic needs satisfaction, and teacher educators’ researcherly disposition
Grounded in the Self-Determination Theory, this study examines the relations between teacher educators’ experienced work pressure and opportunities for professional growth, their work related basic needs satisfaction (i.e. autonomy, competence and relatedness) and their researcherly disposition (i.e. being a smart consumer of research, being able to conduct research, conducting research and valuing research). A large-scale survey study was conducted, involving 944 teacher educators working within teaching-intensive teacher education institutions. The results of structural equation modelling (SEM)-analyses show that teacher educators’ opportunities for growth as well as the experienced work pressure are significantly related to the satisfaction of teacher educators’ basic psychological needs at work. In turn, positive relations were identified between the satisfaction of the basic psychological needs and teacher educators’ researcherly disposition.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2020
The Professional Developmental Needs of Higher Education-based Teacher Educators: An International Comparative Needs Analysis
The purpose of this international and comparative study is to examine what professional learning activities teacher educators value and what factors affect their participation in these activities. The findings reveal that two types of teacher educators’ professional learning needs arise from the data: (i) those involving the development of educational capacities related to their day-to-day remit as a teacher educator and (ii) those required for progressing an academic career, with research and writing skills being the most salient. Furthermore, this study emphasises the ways in which teacher educators, as both teachers and researchers, want to be part of a collaborative community where they can feel supported, listened to, and share their practices and experiences.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2017
Pinpointing Chinese Early Childhood Teachers' Professional Development Needs Through Self-Evaluation and External Observation of Classroom Quality
The present study compared Chinese kindergarten teachers' values and perceptions of program quality with trained raters' assessments of quality in order to gain insights into effective professional development for improving teacher quality. Results shows teachers' beliefs of quality is the strongest predictor of their self-assessment. Implications of the findings for professional development are provided, along with limitations of the current study and recommendations for future studies.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
Exploring The Professional Development Needs of New Teacher Educators Situated Solely in School: Pedagogical Knowledge and Professional Identity
This article investigates the experiences of secondary teachers within their workplace as they take on the role of leading subject knowledge development days for small groups of student-teachers through a case-study approach. The findings reveal a number of professional development needs of new teacher educators situated solely in school, some similar with those situated in higher educational institutions, including fostering an understanding that modelling needs to be made explicit to student-teachers. This has important implications with the introduction of Teaching Schools with responsibilities for educating student-teachers in England.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
The Impact of Changing Policies about Technology on the Professional Development Needs of Early Years Educators in England
This article explores the pedagogical technology continuing professional development (CPD) needs of early years educators in England. The findings reveal a difference in interpretation of ICTs between the UK governments and academic research that questions the merits of using ICTs for teaching. The practitioners associate ICTs with computers and software and mirror recent UK governments and their message that ‘e is best’. Furthermore, the practitioners view ICT as being a key CPD priority but they expect ‘instruction’ as opposed to directing CPD processes themselves.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2016
Teaching Assistants and Teacher Education in England: Meeting their Continuing Professional Development Needs
This article explores the role of teaching assistants in the training and assessment of primary initial teacher education students and considers their continuing professional development )CPD) needs in relation to this role. Most of the teaching assistants who participated in the research project worked in schools where initial teacher education (ITE) took place. However, teaching assistants were generally not given guidance on the needs of individual ITE trainees or information on Standards for QTS by their schools or by university-based tutors when visiting the school. Conclusions from the findings were that the majority of teaching assistants would welcome specific CPD in the area of ITE trainee support in schools and the potential role for teaching assistants within this.
Updated: Jul. 25, 2016