Search results for: Education theories
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The wicked and Complex in Education: Developing A Transdisciplinary Perspective for Policy Formulation, Implementation and Professional Practice
The literature on 'wicked issues' does not fully recognize the difficulties with reflective practice and that in education which extols reflective practice, is not aware of the 'wicked' nature of the problems which confront teachers and schools. The article argues for a fresh understanding of the underlying nature of problems in education so that more appropriate approaches can be devised for their resolution. The article also examines the implications for those involved in policy formation, implementation and service provision.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2009
The widespread and increasing use of cooperative learning is one of the great success stories of social and educational psychology. Its success largely rests on the relationships among theory, research, and practice. Social interdependence theory provides a foundation on which cooperative learning is built. The purpose of this article is to describe how social and educational psychology has contributed to educational practice.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2009
The person of the teacher is an essential element in what constitutes professional teaching and therefore needs careful conceptualization. In this paper the author argues for this central thesis, presenting a wrap up of his theoretical and empirical work on the issue over the past decade. The result is an empirically grounded conceptual framework on teacher development and teacher professionalism. Central concepts are 'professional self-understanding' and 'subjective educational theory'. These concepts are components of the personal interpretative framework every individual teacher develops throughout his/her career.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2009
Action Research for Educational Reform: Remodelling Action Research Theories and Practices in Local Contexts
The article examines how action research theories and practices are remodelled in local contexts and used to support educational reform. The article analyzes 46 publications from the period 2000-2008. It identifies five 'variations' in the globalized theory and practice of action research: action research in times of political upheaval and transition; action research as a state-sponsored means of reforming schooling; co-option of action research by Western governments and school systems to control teachers; action research as a university-led reform movement; and action research as locally-sponsored systemic reform sustained over time.
Updated: May. 14, 2009
Many educators may be apprehensive about instigating intellectual conflict among students because of the lack of operational procedures to guide them. Constructive controversy is an instructional procedure that is designed to create intellectual conflict among students. The authors of this paper summarize the theory underlying constructive controversy. They also review the results of their meta-analysis of the validating research.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009
The study is an examination of syllabi from multicultural teacher education (MTE) courses taught across the United States. Using qualitative content analysis and drawing on existing typologies for multicultural education, the author analyzed the theories and philosophies underlying MTE course designs.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2009
Supporting Presence in Teacher Education: The Connection between the Personal and Professional Aspects of Teaching
The current study follows one individual student teacher during a period of one single school year in which she was supported in developing ‘presence’ while teaching. In this paper, both the teacher's growth and the supervisor's interventions are described in detail, and illustrated using quotations from supervisory sessions, logbooks, and interviews. A case is made for connecting professional and personal aspects in supervising student teachers.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2009
The article is driven by a simple question: what type of collective space is a classroom and how can it be imagined differently? Drawing on the social topography provided by Hardt and Negri, the author suggests that schools have traditionally worked to produce either (a) a people; (b) a crowd; or (c) the masses. The problem with these forms of social collectivity is that they each tend to limit radical movements for democracy.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2009
The article investigates some of the effects of globalization on education and teacher education. In particular it considers the contradictory demands of economic and cultural forms of globalization, and between globalization and localization.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2009
This article presents a theoretical critique of citizenship education in England and Wales, as a means of raising pedagogical considerations for teachers, and policy issues for curriculum makers and planners. Drawing on a range of recent empirical studies, the authors construct an analysis of practice and suggest that differences between dominant models of citizenship in England and Wales owe much to their histories.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2009