Search results for: Professional development
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Supporting Children’s Mathematical Understanding: Professional Development Focused on Out-of-school Practices
This study describes the Reflection Connection Cycle professional development program. The author chose to develop a program that would help teachers find ways to draw on the knowledge students gained from their out-of-school experiences for the explicit goal of using those understandings to support classroom mathematics learning. The participants were 14 female elementary school teachers. The findings revealed that while initial lessons focused solely on the context of practices, subsequent lessons show a greater concern for the mathematics in which children were engaged within a practice. The author argues that specific support in making connections to informal understanding in lesson design may need to be addressed directly.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
Because Wisdom Can’t Be Told: Using Comparison of Simulated Parent–Teacher Conferences to Assess Teacher Candidates’ Readiness for Family–School Partnership
This study assessed teacher candidates’ readiness for parent involvement. Specifically, the study used a text-based case and carefully selected videos of simulated parent–teacher conferences to explore teacher candidates’ awareness and use of two dimensions of interpersonal communication: responsiveness and structuring. The findings revealed that candidates felt highly confident about their ability to communicate with students’ families; their levels of efficacy did not align with their actual skills: candidates made limited use of a small range of effective communication strategies; and the candidates could discriminate between effective and less-effective models of professional practice.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2014
This study aimed at developing a culturally responsive scheme for inducting and mentoring Emirati novice teachers. The aim of this study was to reach consensus over the different components necessary for an induction programme responsive to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) context. Utilising a modified Delphi technique, quantitative and qualitative data were collected over three rounds. The scheme shares many of the bases of induction and mentoring programmes. However, three differences are evident: formative and summative assessments are carried out by a committee, the programme should only last for one year, and passing the induction programme should be enough – no teaching licence exam is required.
Updated: Mar. 17, 2014
This article presents a literature review of peer-reviewed articles and dissertations that contribute to the theory and research of group mentoring. In this literature review, the author summarized the distinct perspectives that have been theorized and researched. He also reviewed several typologies including peer mentoring, one-to-many mentoring, and many-to-one mentoring, and many-to-many mentoring that have been identified in the research. Finally, he identified significant gaps that exist in the study of group mentoring.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2014
Teacher Training Matters: The Results of a Multistate Survey of Secondary Special Educators Regarding Transition From School to Adulthood
The present study examined critical features of secondary special educator’s experiences with transition professional development to predict variables most likely to influence performance of transition planning and services. Results included the extent to which secondary special educators are prepared to perform transition practices, the relationship between preparation and the frequency of performance, and specific variables predictive of higher levels of implementation. The results confirm that training matters if special educators are to implement transition interventions and services.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014
The purpose of this study is to disclose the types and content of dilemmas teacher educators in Turkey faced with as well as the strategies they used to cope with them. Additionally, the findings were compared with datasets from Israel and The Netherlands in order to make cross-cultural comparisons. The findings indicate that teacher educators are concerned with improving their pedagogy and professionalism in teaching for teaching, with a prime concern for being an initiator of learning. The comparison of the findings reveals that the theory–practice-related dilemmas are among the most prominent across contexts. Furthermore, the comparison's findings reveal that while Israeli and Dutch educators express a preference for the involvement of their students as a strategy to cope with their dilemmas, Turkish educators seem to be coping with them either on their own or by seeking advice from their colleagues.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2014
The Professional Learning Community as Subversive Activity: Countering the Culture of Conventional Schooling
The objective for this study was to gain new knowledge about the experience of teachers in the early stage of professional learning community (PLC) development. This study reports findings from semi-structured focus group interviews with teachers in an urban/suburban high school after one year of school-wide professional development introducing the PLC as a school-wide practice. The authors conclude that The authors claim that as long as PLC work is perceived by teachers as a professional development option that they may choose to embrace or ignore, then systemwide change is unlikely to occur. The authors suggest that by establishing an urgent cause, the leader may then offer assistance to the staff in addressing the problem in the form of an initiative to cultivate collaborative reflective practice with the goal of transforming the school into a PLC.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2014
Mastering Teaching and Learning through Pedagogic Partnership: A Vision and Framework for Developing ‘Collaborative Resonance’ in England
This article seeks to reframe teacher professional learning within the specific policy context of a new national model of master’s level professional development – the Master’s in Teaching and Learning (MTL) in England. The article describes the design and early implementation of this major national design initiative. Within the MTL core teaching and learning processes, four core strands of professional development are described: creating effective learning environments, developing effective professional learning, creating pedagogic awareness and effectiveness and developing wider school experience.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2014
The aim of the study was to ascertain what skills were reinforced or developed by local cooperating teachers via the process of supervising student-teachers in the Cayman Islands and Saint Kitts-Nevis. The participants were four cooperating teachers from University College of the Cayman Islands Teacher Education programme and four cooperating teachers from St Kitts-Nevis. The findings reveal that skills cooperating teachers developed or reinforced were categorised as essential teaching, mentoring, collaborating and strategic. The authors argue that teachers should be recognised for the dynamic role that they play in the education of the nation’s teachers. Therefore, there is the need to develop a policy to guide this initiative. Furthermore, this study suggests the need to provide opportunities to encourage cooperating teachers to engage reflectively with their teaching.
Updated: Feb. 03, 2014
The authors present a case study of how the core concepts of neuroscience can be brought to in-service teachers—the BrainU workshops. They then discuss how neuroscience can be meaningfully integrated into pre-service teacher preparation, focusing on institutional and cultural barriers.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2014