Search results for: Professional development
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This article focuses on the professional and academic development of mid-career teacher educators from two universities in England. The objectives of the study were to analyse and compare the career experiences of teacher educators. Clear landmarks were identified in both contexts, with development in teaching seen as largely positive, while research development was much more varied.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014
The Mentoring Profile Inventory: An Online Professional Development Resource for Cooperating Teachers
This article reports on the origins, development and refinement of an online inventory to help cooperating teachers focus on selected dimensions of their practice. Psychometric properties of the The Mentoring Profile Inventory (MPI) quantified important features of both the motivating and challenging aspects of mentoring student teachers and are shown to be robust.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014
Developing Mathematics Teacher Knowledge: The Paradidactic Infrastructure of ‘‘Open Lesson’’ in Japan
The aim of the current research is twofold: 1. Present a theoretical approach to study mathematics teacher knowledge and the conditions for developing it in direct relation to teaching practice. 2. Present and analyse a case of open lesson using this theoretical approach. In order to conduct their analysis, the authors have developed a new technology about the open lesson practice and some elements of theory as well. For this study, the authors collected data from three sources: the lesson plan of the teacher; the real-time observation of the lesson; the discussion after the lesson. In conclusion, the current study indicates why open lessons represent, to Japanese teachers, an attractive element of a professional learning community of teachers.
Updated: Aug. 19, 2014
This article reports on the evaluation of a model for assessment of content knowledge used by researchers in the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Project for Teachers of Science. These assessment strategy and scoring methodology result in scores for each teacher about the quality of their understanding of each Big Idea before and after PD. The compilation of scores by teacher facilitates assessment of the strength of teachers’ incoming knowledge and changes in their knowledge both in terms of number of Big Ideas and the clarity, accuracy, and completeness of that use. The assessment strategy offers advantages and limitations of this method.
Updated: Jul. 23, 2014
In this article, the author argues that there is a lack of research into the role of the facilitator of discussions of video for professional development. A key purpose of this article is to expose aspects of the role of the facilitator of teacher learning, not reported in previous research in the use of video. Hence, the author documents research he undertook into the use of video as a tool for teacher learning. In analysing empirical data from one school, he suggests five key aspects or decision points in working with teachers on video: selecting a video clip, setting up the discussion norms, re-watching the video, moving to interpretation, and metacommenting. The author argues that having presented key aspects of the role of the facilitator of video use, a further look at the detail of the data from discussions serves to highlight some of the complexities involved in just one of the categories.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2014
In this article, the authors refer to the discussion of appropriate methods for researching professional development. They extend this discussion by observing that randomized trials of specific professional development programs have not enhanced our knowledge of effective program characteristics, leaving practitioners without guidance with regard to best practices. In response, the authors propose that scholars should execute more rigorous comparisons of professional development designs at the initial stages of program development and use information derived from these studies to build a professional knowledge base.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014
This article describes a study was conducted to examine the self-efficacy of first-year teachers trained in an alternative certification program. Teachers were provided access to professional development through blended learning, yet had varying levels of attendance in the online component (e-coaching). Teachers who attended six or more e-coaching sessions began the school year with lower levels of self-efficacy than those who attended five or fewer e-coaching sessions.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2014
This article reports a study in which 32 early childhood educators participated in an intensive three-day professional development workshop with the goals of: increasing teachers’ knowledge about robotics, engineering and programming, and pedagogies for teaching them in the early childhood classroom. Results show a statistically significant increase in the level of knowledge in all the three areas of technology in general, pedagogy, and robotics content knowledge after participation in the institute.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2014
This article addresses the current gap in understanding of what is entailed in the roles of facilitators, and how those roles might vary by context (i.e., face-to-face or asynchronous online). Qualitative analysis revealed that although professional development facilitators attended to similar issues irrespective of the context, the actions they engaged in to attend to these issues varied by context. Further exploration and synthesis of the findings suggests that shifting from traditional face-to-face to online professional development presents several design and instructional tensions that can impact how facilitators carry out their roles to support teacher learning.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2014
Learning to Integrate New Technologies into Teaching and Learning through a Design-based Model of Professional Development
This article argues that in order for teachers to be prepared to use such technologies, the structure of teacher professional development (TPD) is critical. The Teaching Using Technology Studio was designed as a design-based professional development program for sixteen upper elementary teachers in California. This study addressed the following question: What is the impact of a design-based TPD model on teachers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding integration of technology into teaching and learning? Data analysis showed significant changes in teachers reported knowledge and integration of technology into teaching, an increase in technology literacy of teachers and students, and students’ use of technology for learning.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2014