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Over the last two years, a unique model for exploring teaching and learning has been created at Achva Academic College. This model, which is based on brain research findings and is called 'The Achva Neuropedagogy Model', focuses on teachers' teaching processes and on pupils' learning processes. It works toward implementing the brain research findings so as to ameliorate teaching and learning via a dialogue between neuropedagogy and educators, teachers, and principals. The experts, who hail from the fields of psychology, pedagogy, and brain research, present educators with relevant biological-neurological-psychological information, and the educators propose possible applications based on this information.
Updated: Dec. 04, 2016
What Are They Asking? An Analysis of the Questions Planned by Prospective Teachers When Integrating Literature in Mathematics
In this study, the researchers chose to explore the kinds of questions prospective teachers plan when utilizing literature in mathematics lessons to scaffold children’s understanding of the mathematics concepts presented through the text. Results revealed that some of the prospective teachers possessed a limited recognition of or ability to incorporate questioning when planning lessons. Furthermore, the results presented a need to analyze the planned questions based upon their dependency and utilization of said literature. Based upon the results of this study, there are implications and recommendations for both classroom teachers and teacher educators alike to consider when making determinations relative to the mathematics classroom, course, and field experience.
Updated: Nov. 22, 2016
Putting Philosophy to Work in the Classroom: Using Rhizomatics to Deterritorialize Neoliberal Thought and Practice
As two teachers/researchers committed to the values of social justice in the classroom, the authors are deeply disturbed by the explicit and implicit ways that their education system, operating through neoliberalism, reproduces the inequalities of larger society. To problematize and deterritorialize dominant neoliberal notions of schooling, education, teaching, and learning in their classrooms, they embarked on a co/autoethnographic self-study of their teaching practice. Findings, or becomings, indicate that the concepts of the rhizome can be practically put to work in the classroom to raise consciousness and inform thinking about resisting the neoliberal status quo.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
This article examines the challenges and the promises of complexity theory as a framework for teacher education research. One purpose is to elaborate the basic tenets of complexity theory, summarize its previous uses, and identify key challenges. A second purpose is to propose a new research platform that combines complexity theory with critical realism (CT-CR) and prompts a new set of empirical questions and research methods. This article concludes that the combination of complexity theory and critical realism offers a unique platform for teacher education research, which has theoretical consistency, methodological integrity, and practical significance.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2016
Toward Professionalisation or De-Professionalisation? Teacher Education Over the Past 40 Years: A Japanese Retrospection
In this article, the author discusses how to enhance Japanese teacher education. After sketching teacher education from the mid-1940s to the 1960s, he sums up the main topics people discussed through each decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s. The author concludes by proposing an ideal network for promoting teaching expertise. He proposed establishing education networks in which universities, junior colleges, schools, education authorities, youth and children, teachers, parents and communities could join together with equal partnership to discuss almost all of local education plans. The author hopes that in such ways, all teachers could be educated, trained and recruited as independent intellectuals who could serve education within the national–international–global contexts of higher education-based teacher education.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2016
Creating Spaces for Reflection on Learning to Teach a Foreign Language through Open Journals: A Canadian-Dutch self-study
This collaborative self-study examines the notion of writing reflectively in teacher education, and documents how student teachers in Canada and the Netherlands respond to their teacher educators’ reflective journals. The authors conclude that participating in such a study helped them to: engender a sense of teaching about teaching that goes beyond the simple delivery of ideas, information and theories about teaching and helps to create a bridge into the world of learning through experience.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
Organisational Self-evaluation and Teacher Education for Community Relations in a Transforming Society?
During 2004, the School of Education at the University of Ulster embarked on an innovative three-year project designed to embed community relations objectives within initial teacher education. This article reports on one very specific and time-limited element of the broader project. That is, development work designed to investigate the possibilities of using processes of self-review and evaluation as a lever for improvements in initial teacher education for community relations.
Updated: Jun. 30, 2016
Common Pressures, Same Results? Recent Reforms in Professional Standards and Competences in Teacher Education for Secondary Teachers in England, France and Germany
This study examines how cultural influences have characterized the ‘reforms’ in each of the three countries: England, France and Germany. Four common pressures leading to the reform of teacher education in England, France and Germany are identified as professionalisation, the Bologna Process, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and teacher recruitment.
Updated: May. 30, 2016
Social Studies as a Means for the Preparation of Teachers: A Look Back at the Foundations of Social Foundations Courses
This historical study looks back at the early years of the social foundations of education program that originated at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the 1930s–1940s, and focuses on the sociopolitical, intellectual, and educational currents that helped bring it about. The study suggests that many of the same rationales that undergirded social studies were applied to social foundations, with the belief that future citizens should be endowed with the capacity to solve contemporary social problems based on the wisdom of the ages, the realities of present-day circumstances, and the tools of critical analysis. In the end, social foundations was essentially a program of social studies for educators: the education school phase of social education writ large.
Updated: May. 04, 2016
This article explores the work of teacher education in England and Scotland. It seeks to locate this work within conflicting sociocultural views of professional practice and academic work. Drawing on an activity theory framework that integrates the analysis of these seemingly contradictory discourses with a study of teacher educators’ practical activities, including the material artefacts that mediate the work, the article offers a critical perspective on the social organisation of university-based teacher education.
Updated: May. 04, 2016