Search results for: Attitudes
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The Impact of Training on Teaching Assistants’ Professional Development: Opportunities and Future Strategy
This article draws from a study into the impact of training for teaching assistants (TAs), additional adults deployed to support children and teachers, in one urban local educational authority in England. The objectives of the study, commissioned by the local educational authority, were to identify training and professional development for TAs and to determine the impact of training on children’s achievement and TAs’ professionalism so as to inform future strategy for the content and delivery of continuing professional development for TAs.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
The present article offers a theoretical analysis of three temporal perspectives: (a) clock time, measured in objective, linear units; (b) socially constructed time, experienced subjectively according to social and cultural context; and (c) virtual time, a new category that synthesizes emergent temporal theory in the digital age.
Updated: Apr. 08, 2014
The current research focuses on Estonian university students' emerging teacher identity and their interest in becoming teachers. Five hundred and sixty-five first, third and fifth year students participated in the survey. The results suggest that pedagogical reasons for entering teacher education and clear motives for studying are significant indicators of teacher potential.The article elaborates the pedagogical reasons for entering teacher education or the teaching profession and the wish to function as a change agent in the society.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2010
Preservice and Early Career Teachers' Attitudes toward Inclusion, Instructional Accommodations, and Fairness: Three Profiles
The current study examined the attitudes of beginning general education teachers with respect to teaching in inclusion classrooms. Sixty graduate students, taking a survey at the conclusion of a special education course, completed Q-sorts constructed to evaluate responses regarding attitude toward (a) inclusion, (b) instructional accommodations, and (c) fairness, along two dimensions: positive/negative and anxious/confident. A three-factor solution resulted in profiles of three groups of teachers: keen, but anxious, beginners; positive doers; and resisters.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010
In an effort to generate a bottom-up approach for the program-wide implementation of electronic portfolios, this article first reports on the ways in which teacher candidates perceived the benefits and setbacks of this experience, after an initial course. Second, this article reports on whether and how the teacher candidates continued to develop their e-portfolios voluntarily throughout the program, after the initial course. The results indicate that even though the electronic portfolios were initially perceived to be highly beneficial, the voluntary nature of the ongoing process discouraged further development.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2010
The Supporting Effective Teaching (SET) Project: The Relationship of Inclusive Teaching Practices to Teachers' Beliefs about Disability and Ability, and about their Roles as Teachers
The Supporting Effective Teaching (SET) project consists of studies that examine the relationship between elementary general education teachers' beliefs about disability and ability and their roles in inclusive classrooms, and how these are related to teaching practices. This paper examines previously reported and newly completed studies that investigate the characteristics of teachers in inclusive classroom settings, what they believe about their roles and responsibilities and about their students' learning, and how their beliefs relate to their teaching effectiveness with students both with and without disabilities.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
Examining Perceptions of Systematic Integration of Instructional Technology in a Teacher Education Program
In this article, the authors describe a systematic effort by a department of special education to integrate technology into teaching through a one-to-one laptop initiative and to examine preservice teachers' perceptions concerning their experiences with the initiative. 13 undergraduate special education majors participated in this study. The authors used both qualitative and quantitative methods. The findings indicate that preservice teachers' perceptions of their abilities to integrate the use of technology in their teaching increased, whereas their attitudes toward integrating technology in teaching remained consistently high across program semesters. Implications of the results are discussed.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
The Impact of a College Course Where Pre-Service Teachers and Peers With Intellectual Disabilities Study Together
This article describes how 12 pre-service teachers who participated in an inclusive liberal learning understood their experience. The analysis of interviews with these pre-service teachers suggests that they emerged from the course with a commitment to the idea that students with intellectual disabilities have a right to a challenging liberal education. Most emerged with a stronger commitment to inclusive teaching practice and felt that the use of small group activities and discussions was the best way to build classroom community, create relationships among participants, and maximize learning. All of the interviewed pre-service teachers considered this course a positive academic experience
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
Student-Teachers' Evaluation on the Use of Different Modes of Problem-Based Learning in Teacher Education
This article reports how the 13 student-teachers in the Integrated Humanities Major Method course evaluated the use of three different modes of PBL delivery, namely: the classical PBL; an alternate pattern of PBL and teacher-led deductive workshops; and a modified PBL using problem-based scenario inductive inquiry workshops. The outcome shows strong preference for the use of the modified PBL approach while the majority agreed the classical PBL style is the most challenging among the three modes.
Updated: Feb. 02, 2009
This study concerns the relation between teachers’ beliefs towards teaching behaviour and their actual teaching behaviour in teacher portfolio assessment. The authors analysed the beliefs and behaviour of 18 teachers as described in their portfolios. In addition, each portfolio was independently assessed by two trained raters on eight content standards and the teachers’ classroom behaviour was assessed by their own students in a questionnaire.
Updated: Jan. 21, 2009