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This study explores the learning experiences of seven educators who participated in an authentic learning-based, fully online postgraduate certificate programme for teaching in higher education. The author concludes that the findings clearly underline the transformative value of stepping out of the comfort zone instead of accommodating for familiar and preferred ways of learning. The participants who endured through a difficult ‘climax’ in their learning journey described a powerful experience of professional growth. The author argues that the professional growth was caused by the advanced self-regulation skills that the participants demonstrated. The authors recommend on designing online learning environments that promote the development of self-regulation skills as well as strengthening the facilitation of collaborative learning.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018
‘I Owe to My Tutor Much of My Professional Development’: Looking at the Benefits of Tutoring as Perceived by the Tutees
This article presents a model of professional development that involves tutoring/mentoring. It also focuses on the interaction between tutor and tutee as perceived by the tutees. The study also found that tutees noted the required characteristics of a tutor. Furthermore, the authors identified three groups of elements regarding tutor's role as the most beneficial to the participants’ professional development, namely: modelling; usage of reflective methods; and bridging between the individual and the group. Finally, the participants in the study related to two central elements in tutors' work: professional and interpersonal.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018
Action Research in Pre-service Teacher Education – A Never-Ending Story Promoting Professional Development
This paper examines how student-teachers experience the process and outcome of doing action research and what the authors as their teacher-educators can learn from these experiences about facilitating the student-teachers’ processes. The findings revealed that most student-teachers experienced the process as positive and saw action research as a tool in professional development. The authors conclude that this research supports the expected benefit of action research in terms of introducing students to a tool for systematic professional development.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018
Professional Development of Multi-experienced Educators through a Book Study: Fostering Mentoring Relationships
The authors examined how participants’ interactions during a book study influenced their perceptions of practice. Specifically, the authors were interested in understanding what the participants noticed from these interactions and how they conceptualized their thoughts from the mentorship engagement with others. The findings reveal that this book club was a positive experience for fostering partnerships and informal mentorship relationships. The participants were aware of their interactions with others and considered these relationships supportive for their careers. The authors conclude that implementing a book club as an informal professional development model may have positive outcomes for participants as they foster partnerships and develop increased understandings.
Updated: Feb. 20, 2018
This study focused on how elementary teachers described their professional growth after being involved in lesson study in a professional learning community with other teachers and university professors. The study also examined how they described the impact the program had on their teaching of mathematics. The results indicated that the participants valued the collaboration within the community of learners. The sharing of ideas, planning lessons together, and reflecting on teaching and student learning in a supportive environment appears to have been critical to teacher growth. The authors conclude that the findings indicate that while involvement in professional development to deepen teachers’ understanding of mathematics and their knowledge of how to teach mathematics is important.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2018
This article examines how preservice teachers used Twitter in a face-to-face undergraduate teacher education course. The author concludes that using social media such as Twitter in teacher education could present new opportunities for preservice teachers to jumpstart their socialization into their profession and their connections with its members. He also argues that preservice teachers will likely benefit if they leave their teacher education programs with an eye for teaching and learning applications of social media.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2018
The purpose of this study was to understand the process through which a teacher becomes a teacher educator, considering all of the associated variables both personal and professional. The findings reveal that the majority of the participants indicated that they did not receive any kind of support with respect to their professional induction, especially during their early years as teacher educators. Additionally, the findings suggest that the teacher educator’s approach to teaching will be different especially if the teacher educator works simultaneously in a school and in a teacher education program. Hence, teacher educators who work both in a school and teacher education programs teach based on their practical experience as a school teacher.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2017
This article is based on a two-year project. The purpose of this project was to develop a teacher professional development (TPD) model in Indonesia. The findings show that most teachers prefer face-to-face participation as the mode of TPD. Even so, a number of teachers preferred online TPD. This research suggests that a dual-mode TPD combining complementary face-to-face and online sessions should be the best TPD model. Furthermore, the teachers in this study perceived TPD as a government-owned project rather than as the facilitation of their professional development.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2017
Fostering Teacher Educators’ Professional Development in Research and in Supervising Student Teachers’ Research
Teacher educators, who work at institutes for higher vocational education, should now engage in research. Hence, they suppose to become familiar with research knowledge and skills. Furthermore, they have to supervise student teachers in conducting research. This study explored whether and how different professional development activities for teacher educators contribute to the tasks set. The authors found that all activities influenced the participants’ opinions about practice-based research as a concept and about the need to add research as a new task within teacher education. Furthermore, it was found that all the participants claimed to have increased their knowledge about research developed a better understanding of research skills.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2017
Roles of a Teacher and Researcher during in Situ Professional Development around the Implementation of Mathematical Modeling Tasks
This study explores how the teacher and the researcher constructed a relationship as they worked together to implement mathematical modeling tasks to use in the teacher's classroom. The authors described the roles and relationships between the teacher and the researcher. The authors conclude that the present study emphasizes a teacher’s active involvement in the research-teaching process.
Updated: Oct. 31, 2017