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To date, though many studies have investigated how teachers and teacher educators in general develop their professional identities, scant attention has been paid to that complex process of “transnational” teacher educators. To begin to close this research gap, this collaborative autoethnographic study examines how the authors develop their teacher educator identities through teaching a diversity course in the United States as transnational teacher educators from China and South Korea. The findings reveal that their transnational backgrounds (e.g., speaking English as a second language and holding particular cultural beliefs) initially challenged their identity development, but their continuous teaching and learning within a supportive institutional context turned the marginality of their transnational backgrounds into professional assets. The research findings can extend our understanding of teacher educators’ identity development. The study also suggests practical implications for teacher education programs to create an inclusive and supportive professional community in which all teacher educators may grow.
Updated: Feb. 23, 2020
International mobility and cultural perceptions among senior teacher educators in Israel: ‘I have learned to suspend judgment’
The aim of the study was to explore the motives underpinning career mobility, and the impact of such mobility on changing the perceptions of senior teacher educators from Israel who have experienced cross-cultural professional transitions during the mid-career stage. A thematic analysis of five interviewees’ retrospective narratives highlighted three motives driving career mobility: the opportunity for professional development; the joy of adventure and challenge; and the need to bring about a fundamental change in their careers. In addition, two categories of changes in perceptions that occurred following international mobility were mapped: (a) pluralistic perceptions in a multicultural higher education environment, and (b) culture of learning among the younger generation. The discussion raises similarities and differences between the findings and the literature on career mobility in higher education.
Updated: Jan. 13, 2020
The author believes teacher education is located on the borderline of both teaching and research. In the following, the author will explain this statement, reviewing teacher educators’ vulnerabilities in each role. Finally, she will claim that this borderline position has a potential of becoming a resource for innovation. The author argues that teacher educators can be brokers of change. Located at the border between teaching, research and policymaking, they have the opportunity to be part of each profession, experiencing the other two’s perspectives, expectations and criticism.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2018
This paper describes the experiences of a literacy teacher educator, who learned computer programming and also learned to bridge her understandings of teaching English to teaching a critical literacy of code. The author concludes that bridging critical literacies of English and computer code has potential to foster greater civic participation and agency.
Updated: Dec. 05, 2018
The Bricks and Mortar of our Foundation for Faculty Development: Book-Study within a Self-Study Professional Learning Community
This paper explores the experiences of seven teacher educators who met monthly over one academic year to engage in a collaborative self-study focused on exploring the text, Developing a Pedagogy of Teacher Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning about Teaching. The authors' experiences demonstrate how self-study research, undertaken within the context of a professional learning community engaged in book-study. Their experiences hold the potential to enhance teacher educators’ understandings, foster collaboration, and provide a catalyst for meaningful observations about their practices, students, and teacher education program. The authors highlight that this has altered some of their practices and their discourse with others.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2018
In this study, the authors were interested to understand their practice as teacher educators. The authors argue that from their reflections on their own experiences, they now better understand the power of their personal apprenticeships of observation over their teaching practices.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2018
This article aims to examine how sociopolitically conscious teacher educators tailor preparation for teachers of color. The results showed that teacher educators’ pedagogy for teacher candidates of color was characterized by three binding mindsets and practices: 1. The authors found that teacher educators made an intentional choice to work as a change agent for communities of color. 2. The authors also found that teacher educators challenged sociocultural barriers to the academic and professional achievement of teachers of color. 3. It was also found that teacher educators implemented constructivist approaches as an instructional bridge to prepare teacher candidates of color to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018
“What Do We Know about Elementary Social Studies?”: Novice Secondary Teacher Educators on Learning to Teach Elementary Social Studies Methods
This research examines the critical friendship of two doctoral students charged with teaching a methods course in elementary social studies. The primary result of this critical friendship was the overall pedagogical, affective, and intellectual support the friendship provided. The authors argue that their critical friendship is evidence that novice teacher educators can engage collaboratively in meaningful work to uncover the complexities of teacher education within the confines of academic and professional schedules that often pull doctoral students and new faculty in a number of competing directions. They argue that the results of this self-study point directly to the support needed for novice teacher educators to become effective teacher educators.
Updated: Oct. 03, 2018
Supporting One Another as Beginning Teacher Educators: Forging An Online Community of Critical inquiry into Practice
The authors were beginning teacher educators, who were interested to explore their practice and new roles as teacher educators in new contexts. The authors argue that dialog and collaborative reflection have transformed their practice in important and distinctive ways and changed the way they approach their work and how they interact with students. Their findings reveal that mentoring relationships must include four important factors: friendship, collaboration in research and career development, information about policies (e.g. tenure and promotion), and intellectual guidance.
Updated: Sep. 12, 2018
Examining Beliefs and Practices of Self and Others: Pivotal Points for Change and Growth for Mathematics Teacher Educators
This self-study had two purposes. First, the authors were interested to examine their own beliefs and belief structures, including how these beliefs influenced their instructional practices. Second, the authors were interested to explore possible commonalities across their personal findings that could be identified as fundamental beliefs for all mathematics teacher educators that in turn might serve as tools for others’ growth. The authors identified four common fundamental beliefs about mathematics teacher education which they shared and which were instrumental in further examination of their own beliefs and practices: (1) mathematics is problematic and generated through sense-making; (2) a community of learners enhances learning; (3) mathematics teacher educators need to be explicitly aware of the learner in different contexts; and (4) teaching is complex at all levels.
Updated: Sep. 05, 2018