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The aim of this study is to consider the role of self-confidence upon the approach to teaching and development as a teacher for a group of new academics. The current paper has aimed to illustrate the different ways in which confidence manifests itself in the participants’ experience of developing as a new teacher. The findings indicate a number of interrelationships between: confidence and content knowledge; confidence and approach to teaching; and experience and confidence. What was also apparent in the relationship between confidence and approach to teaching was the importance of richer and fuller incidental feedback from students, as a result of the use of more interactive approaches, upon an individuals’ confidence.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2017
Supporting Professional Learning and Development through International Collaboration in the Co-Construction of an Undergraduate Teaching Qualification
This paper explores one thread from a longitudinal research programme: that relating to senior managers’ and teacher educators’ reported views and experiences of the collaboration and the impact of the co-constructive approach taken on professional development. It examines the impact of the approach taken to collaboration, which included the development and sharing of a pedagogical model for teacher education (ARM: action, reflection, modelling) and reflects on the value of this to professional learning and development. The findings suggest that co-construction of a programme can provide an effective approach to developing teacher education. In this collaboration, because the two elements of trust and shared understanding were achieved, the teacher educators in both countries were empowered to analyse critically what the UK participants brought in the context of local practice.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2017
Opportunities and Challenges in Training Elementary School Teachers in Classroom Management: Initial Results from Classroom Management in Action, an Online Professional Development Program
The authors use existing literature to identify the key features that make in-service professional development (PD) effective. The authors present these features as the defining features of a recently developed PD program, Classroom Management in Action, which blends online technology, evidence-based practice in positive behavior support, video modeling, self-paced/step-by-step activities, and tools for aiding and measuring fidelity and behavioral outcomes.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2017
Reframing the Assignment: Evolutions, Not Revolutions, in Learning to Teach Writing with Digital Technologies
In this article, the author discusses the importance of conceptualizing place and space in teacher professional development intervention research. Using a cultural historical activity theory framework, the author discusses how the cultural and historical aspects of the place and context in which the teachers taught mediated the teachers’ understandings of the affordances of incorporating critical digital literacies into their classroom teaching. Findings suggest introducing new tools into the rural setting helped influence teachers’ identity in their role as professional educators. The professional development intervention helped the teachers develop a greater sense of agency and purpose within their rural context.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2017
Teacher Educators’ Professional Development in Flanders: Practitioner Research as a Promising Strategy
The purpose of this paper is to explore a Flemish intervention designed to support teacher educators’ professional development in general, and teacher educators’ role as researchers in particular. The results suggest that teacher educators who participated in the intervention express a stronger confidence towards conducting research, absorb more research into their own practice, and value the relevance of their role as a ‘researcher’ to improving their role as a ‘teacher educator’.
Updated: Feb. 23, 2017
South African Teacher Voices: Recurring Resistances and Reconstructions for Teacher Education and Development
This article will focus on the shifts in discourses about teacher education and teacher voice within the South African research and policy environment over the last four decades. The alignment of the political and educational agenda in providing resistance to the apartheid system culminated in 1994, the start of the new democracy.
Updated: Feb. 23, 2017
This article presents a measurement instrument (TERDS) to measure teacher educators’ self-reported researcherly disposition throughout their working lives. The first part of the article reports the results of factor analysis (EFA and CFA), which suggest a four-factor structure of teacher educators’ researcherly disposition: (1) ‘ valuing research’, (2) ‘being a smart consumer of research’, (3) ‘ being able to conduct research’, and (4) ‘conducting research’. Goodness of fit estimates were calculated, indicating good fit. The authors conclude that by using the instrument to explore differences between several subgroups of teacher educators, this study enhances empirical understanding of a previously ‘undiscovered’ and ‘neglected’ professional group.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2017
The authors hypothesized that online professional development might serve not only as a way to gain prerequisite experience but as an important learning venue for preparing future online teachers. Findings of the study suggested that teacher-learners who participated in two online summer courses not only demonstrated mastery of course content but also learned a great deal from that experience about online learning and teaching. Their online learning experiences served as a third curriculum added to that of the courses’ intended curriculum.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2017
Facilitating Professional Development during International Practicum: Understanding our Work as Teacher Educators through Critical Incidents
This article describes collaborative self-study details the experiences of two teacher educators, who led teacher candidates on international practicum placements. This study documents the complexities of two teacher educators’ work in unfamiliar cultural contexts and highlights tensions to be navigated as a teacher educator in an international practicum setting. The analyzes of their experiences make it clear that they as teacher educators were on a learning journey similar to that of their teacher candidates. Collaborative analysis of the critical incidents conducted during this self-study enabled them to acquire greater understandings of their academic, professional, and personal identities.
Updated: Feb. 15, 2017
21st Century Change Drivers: Considerations for Constructing Transformative Models of Special Education Teacher Development
In this paper, the authors briefly address persistent and unresolved challenges. They identify contemporary change drivers, and discuss ways in which teacher education professionals could leverage the drivers to inform the development of 21st century models for special education teacher development aimed at improving outcomes for students with disabilities.
Updated: Jan. 30, 2017