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Engaging in Action Research: A Personal and Professional Journey towards an Inquiry into Teacher Morale in a Senior Secondary College
This article describes the author's journey as a practitioner researcher investigating the implementation of a study-group format in place of a formal meeting arrangement for the teaching team she leads. The inquiry has been initiated to explore the intervention as a way to promote teacher morale. The research site is a large senior secondary college in the state of Victoria, Australia. The preliminary results support influential joint action is taking place with a positive impact on teacher morale.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2009
This study examined the efficacy of case development as an instrument for teacher learning in technology integration. The data consisted of case narratives developed by five in-service teachers, a volume of online discussion entries, and in-depth interviews. Findings indicated that case development can help teachers develop a critical understanding of the nuanced relationship between technology, content, and pedagogy and transfer their learning into practice.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2009
This article reports the findings of an exploratory study concerning the development of higher-order conceptual understanding of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU). The authors analyzed the responses given in a high-stakes examination of 165 pre-service physical education teachers. The article justifies how a two-cycle structure of the observed learning outcome (SOLO) model can discriminate between the demonstrations of surface and deep conceptual understandings.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2009
'At Least I'm the Type of Teacher I Want to Be': Second-Career English Language Teachers' Identity Formation in Hong Kong Secondary Schools
This article examines how second-career teachers may be better supported in their professional development. The study found that second-career teachers' skills and experiences were not valued within their schools. It also found that this was reflected in a rigid division the participants drew between the institutionally endorsed identity positions made available to them and the type of teachers they wanted to be. In response to this antagonism, second-career teachers used their position of non-participation to establish identity territories that connected aspects of their first-career identities, such as engineers and managers, to their emerging teacher identities.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
This study addresses recent changes in professional development policy, practice, and theory, in which professional development has increasingly become continual, collaborative, and school based. The authors conducted this study to understand more fully the delivery of school-based professional development within a high-stakes accountability context.The authors argue that school leadership, culture, and resources, as well as the structure and content of professional development, filter policy initiatives before they ultimately shape teacher learning experiences.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2009
Bringing Modern Languages into the Primary Curriculum in England: Investigating Effective Practice in Teacher Education
This paper presents the results of an investigation into the effectiveness of an initiative in a large education faculty in the North West of England. The initiative designed to ensure that all generalist primary teacher trainees on an undergraduate course are prepared to support the implementation of the UK government's National Languages Strategy in primary schools.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2009
'Teachers Are Meant to be Orthodox': Narrative and Counter Narrative in the Discursive Construction of 'Identity' in Teaching
This article examines a counter narrative of entry into the teaching profession. It shows how the construction of one teacher's identity is presented as a biographical narrative that he assumes to be at odds with an 'orthodox' narrative of becoming a teacher. The article offers an interpretation of the personal narrative, told as counter to an assumed 'orthodox' story of entry into teaching.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2009
This article comments on Greenhow, Robelia, and Hughes (2009). It examines the potential strengths and weaknesses of Web 2.0 in supporting student collaborative creativity in light of socio-cultural conditions of knowledge creation. Discussion is extended to the use of the Web for supporting teacher learning and innovation.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2009
The Impact of an Ongoing Professional Development Program on Prekindergarten Teachers' Mathematics Practices
Mathematics is a natural part of daily life for young children as they explore the world around them. To begin establishing a mathematical foundation, early childhood educators must be knowledgeable about mathematical concepts. Furthermore, they must also be aware of the most developmentally appropriate ways in which to teach these concepts to young children. After participation in an ongoing professional development program, specifically targeting teachers of prekindergarten children in public school, teachers reported positive changes in math practices.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2009
Early childhood teacher education methods classes often emphasize the application of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP). In this paper, two contrasting classroom scenarios are provided to illustrate developmentally appropriate technology use (DATU), a new educational term coined by the authors. A five-element framework for guiding teachers toward DATU is explained.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2009