Search results for: Professional development
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The purpose of this research is to identify the factors within the school environment that enhance and facilitate a teachers’ innovative behavior. Furthermore, it aims to examine whether it is possible to predict a teachers’ innovative behaviour with the proposed two-layer model (with self-efficacy being the first layer and teaching practices being the second). In this study, a model for predicting teachers’ innovative behaviour was proposed, with three general factors of school environment: interaction and involvement, need for innovation and freedom for innovation. The authors conclude that a teachers’ innovative potential is developed and used in the best possible way, when the school environment provides them with possibilities for self-development, recognition for their innovative behaviour and professional development and also constructive feedback from school management and the students’ parents.
Updated: Aug. 07, 2017
This study examines how preservice teachers (PTs) engage in a mathematics simulation focused on iconic interpretation. The data reported herein show how a clinical simulation illuminates PTs’ mathematical knowledge, instructional abilities, and practices in need of refinement. Simulations allow the authors to see PTs practicing, making mistakes, and using data to build from within and from each other. For educators vested in the development of future educators, the simulation concept and resulting data sets are extending our views of ‘clinical preparation’.
Updated: Jul. 19, 2017
In this study, the author aims to explore and support teachers’ movement through the early phases as they learn to attend to and reason about details of student algebraic thinking in the dynamic classroom environment. The findings reveal that the framework allowed preservice teachers in this study to articulate their thinking about student algebraic thinking. In addition, the author found that participants’ conversations about student thinking became more substantive as they participated in a series of video club sessions.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2017
This study aimed to investigate mentors’ strategies that can be used to facilitate pedagogical knowledge in the mentee. In this study, mentors outlined strategies for developing preservice teachers’ pedagogical knowledge practices. There were several or more practical strategies suggested for each mentoring practice associated with pedagogical knowledge. For example, strategies for deeper learning about planning included co-planning and reflecting verbally on planning with the mentee by deliberating on the specific learning needs of students.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2017
The Effect of Cognitive Apprenticeship-Based Professional Development on Teacher Self-Efficacy of Science Teaching, Motivation, Knowledge Calibration, and Perceptions of Inquiry-Based Teaching
This study explored the effects of a 1-year professional development (PD) based on a cognitive apprenticeship model of research experiences on inservice teacher self-efficacy of science teaching, motivation, knowledge calibration, and perceptions of inquiry.Results indicated that inservice teachers changed their perceptions of inquiry and maintained high self-efficacy throughout all phases of the study. However, teachers refrained from making long-term changes in their cognitive strategy instruction.
Updated: Jul. 09, 2017
The Professional Developmental Needs of Higher Education-based Teacher Educators: An International Comparative Needs Analysis
The purpose of this international and comparative study is to examine what professional learning activities teacher educators value and what factors affect their participation in these activities. The findings reveal that two types of teacher educators’ professional learning needs arise from the data: (i) those involving the development of educational capacities related to their day-to-day remit as a teacher educator and (ii) those required for progressing an academic career, with research and writing skills being the most salient. Furthermore, this study emphasises the ways in which teacher educators, as both teachers and researchers, want to be part of a collaborative community where they can feel supported, listened to, and share their practices and experiences.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2017
Teacher Empowerment through Engagement in a Learning Community in Ireland: Working across Disadvantaged Schools
This article examines the professional development (PD) of a group of urban physical education teachers as they moved from a learning community focused on a new curriculum in physical education to a community of practice (CoP) committed to intense, sustained and focused engagement on issues related to their teaching practice and personal growth as physical educators. The participants reported development of their teaching practice and pedagogical skills by applying the teaching strategies shared by colleagues in the community. The teachers came to recognise their ability to design lessons to engage students and to implement these lessons in ways that were challenging and exciting, supporting the notion of increased self-efficacy. Their focus was consistently on their students and how to impact their learning by developing their own knowledge and skills in order to provide a quality education.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2017
Workplace Learning Impact: An Analysis of French-Secondary Trainee Teachers’ Perception of their Professional Development
The aim of this study was to inquire into the professional development of French secondary- trainee teachers. The results first showed that learning in the workplace is a multifaceted process including mentoring, learning with experienced colleagues and learning by oneself from classroom teaching. Because trainee teachers tended to cite colleagues more often than mentors, it appears that workplace learning cannot be curtailed to mentoring. The authors argue that the findings of this research have allowed them to claim that there is a relationship between learning modes used for the competencies to be acquired and the content of these competencies.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2017
The primary purpose of this study was to measure important characteristics of professional development that may influence its effectiveness. The second purpose was to determine if any of the characteristics of effective professional development predicted teachers’ use of new knowledge/skills. The results reveal that the professional development instrument appears to be a viable tool for capturing teacher perceptions about characteristics of professional development. The instrument could provide information for state and district leadership about the quality of teachers’ professional development.
Updated: May. 29, 2017
In this article, the authors review the use of video technology in teacher initial and continuing professional development.The authors' purpose was to review the international literature base in order to evaluate what is currently known about the impact of video technology upon the development of teacher professional knowledge.
Updated: May. 03, 2017