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The Promise of Older Novices: Teach For America Teachers’ Age of Entry and Subsequent Retention in Teaching and Schools
The primary purpose of this study is to examine whether older entrants to teaching are more likely than younger recruits to voluntarily remain in low-income schools and the teaching profession as a whole. The author found that older TFA entrants to teaching had a lower risk than did younger entrants of leaving low-income schools, the teaching profession, and broader school-based roles. The author further found that older entrants’ backgrounds differed from younger entrants. These findings suggest that older entrants to teaching may prove a promising source of teachers for low-income schools.
Updated: May. 28, 2012
Convergent Adaptation in Small Groups: Understanding Professional Development Activities Through a Complex Systems Lens
This article reports on an exploratory study that identifies indicators of convergent vs. non-convergent adaptation in two cases of teachers working together on a technology-based curriculum construction activity. The article explores the relationship between group characteristics and adaptation processes. The authors have used the core complex systems concept of adaptation as a lens for understanding how and why some teachers are better able to adapt to the educational program requirements.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2012
This study compared three teacher preparation programs at a Midwestern university. The purpose of the study was to examine how the teachers from the three programs perceived the impact of the programs and how employers perceived their teaching competencies. The teachers from the three teacher education programs at the Midwestern university held positive attitudes about the impact of their programs on their competencies. Their positive views were confirmed by the perceptions of their employers, who provided high ratings of their teachers' competencies in all three programs.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2012
Internationally Educated Female Teachers in the Neoliberal Context: Their Labour Market and Teacher Certification Experiences in Canada
In this article, the authors consider the difficulties that a group of internationally educated female teachers encountered in the process of seeking certification in the Canadian Maritimes.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011
In this article, the authors examine to what extent ICT is being used by the teachers and how they are using ICT in their teaching. The authors also discuss how factors such as the subject being taught, teaching experience, gender and age influence the use of ICT in teaching.The findings revealed that teachers in the secondary schools in Hamar do use ICT but few use ICT very often. However, most are still unsure whether ICT will have any positive effect on the learning outcome for their students.
Updated: Dec. 13, 2011
This article describes a study which explored the experiences of four Korean heritage language teachers in the United States. Specifically, the study focuses on challenges they face and the resources they draw upon for their teaching. The authors situate their work within the conceptual framework of teacher lore, which promotes teacher reflection and helps increase the visibility of minority teachers.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2011
This article offers a theoretical confirmation to the multiple, discontinuous and social nature of teacher identity claimed by others. This paper simultaneously nuances this view by emphasizing the unitary, continuous and individual nature of teacher identity. The paper stresses that teacher development takes place in the form of self-dialogues between different parts of self.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2011
This study explored the extent to which interpersonal and cognitive teacher characteristics increased the level of students’ situational interest. Three distinct teacher characteristics have been identified that seem to influence the effectiveness of student learning and achievement: (1) social congruence, (2) subject-matter expertise, and (3) cognitive congruence. Results reveal that being cognitively congruent was a significant factor in predicting students’ level of situational interest in the classroom.
Updated: Oct. 04, 2011
Crossing Boundaries and Constructing Identities: The Experiences of Early Career Mainland Chinese English Language Teachers in Hong Kong
The current paper reports on a qualitative study that investigated the experiences of a group of English language teachers from the Chinese mainland. The teachers completed their teacher training in Hong Kong and have taken up full-time teaching positions in secondary schools within Hong Kong. The study examines the participants' discursive and participative practices to illustrate how their experiences, both as students in the Chinese mainland and as preservice teachers in Hong Kong, shaped their construction of teacher identities, as well as to show that their employment in Hong Kong schools represented a challenge to this identity formation process.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2011
In this study, the authors administered two instruments designed to assess and predict teacher effectiveness, the Teacherinsight Interview (TI) and the Renaissance Teacher Work Sample (TWS). The authors asked whether the TWS could serve as a significant predictor of the Tl score. The participants were 396 teacher candidates. This study showed that Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching scores are significantly correlated with TWS score and TI score. Furthermore, certification level was significantly related to both TI and TWS total scores. However, a stepwise regression revealed only two variables -- certification level and Praxis PLT score -- as significant predictors of TI scores.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2011