Search results for: Professional identity
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A Discourse Analytic Approach to Video Analysis of Teaching: Aligning Desired Identities With Practice
This article presents findings from a qualitative study of an experience that supports teacher candidates to use discourse analysis and positioning theory to analyze videos of their practice during student teaching. Using case study methods for data generation and analysis, the authors demonstrate how one participant used the analytic tools to trace whether and how she enacted her preferred teacher identities during student teaching.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
Releasing the Hidden Academic? Learning from Teacher-Educators’ Responses to a Writing Support Programme
This article describes the initiation of a writing support programme for teacher educators in a new university and analyses its impact. A key finding has been that supporting staff to write is not simply a case of ‘hurrying them along’ but requires understanding of the particular barriers to writing for this group.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2016
The purpose of the study was to understand how practice in multigrade classrooms in villages located in rural areas in Turkey might influence preservice elementary teachers’ identity. The results indicated a positive change in teachers’ willingness to engage in the profession. The practicum is very important in providing preservice teachers with experience in this type of classroom, as well as in developing a set of role expectations and positive attitudes towards multigrade teaching. The results indicated that these experiences helped students to recognise new institutional roles and modify their expectations, as well as creating positive attitudes towards multigrade schooling and the realities of rural life.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2016
This article examines the perceptions of experienced teachers who take on the role of leading the development of subject knowledge of new and experienced teachers through a case-study approach. The findings reveal that each teacher was able to identify the impact of leading professional development has on their professional skills. Furthermore, this new role has changed the way that they view themselves as teachers, and their practice as teachers. In conclusion, this research advocates the provision of opportunities for new teacher educators to be involved with other teacher educators, including those more experienced, to explore together their professional knowledge, practice and identity.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2016
Exploring The Professional Development Needs of New Teacher Educators Situated Solely in School: Pedagogical Knowledge and Professional Identity
This article investigates the experiences of secondary teachers within their workplace as they take on the role of leading subject knowledge development days for small groups of student-teachers through a case-study approach. The findings reveal a number of professional development needs of new teacher educators situated solely in school, some similar with those situated in higher educational institutions, including fostering an understanding that modelling needs to be made explicit to student-teachers. This has important implications with the introduction of Teaching Schools with responsibilities for educating student-teachers in England.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
The present study explores the tensions and challenges experienced by new teacher educators in higher education in England, large numbers of whom are coming directly from posts as schoolteachers. The study suggests that new teacher educators may inevitably default to an impoverished pedagogical model in the early stages of their practice, and argues that this is an area which warrants further consideration by the teacher education community as a whole.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
The present study raises awareness on issues pertaining to teacher educators’ professional development in the Greek-Cypriot context. Findings indicate that teacher educators are involved not only in formal but also informal learning, both through and without interaction. Learning through interaction involves participation in seminars as well as informal conversations with colleagues, but not structured forms of peer learning. Learning without interaction resembles self-study and reflection, but not intentional experimentation with practices. These findings reflect the individualized character of educators’ professional development, while systemic opportunities for peer learning remain scarce.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2016
Pre-service Teachers’ Growth as Practitioners of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: A Vygotskian Analysis of Constraints and Affordances in the English Context
This article reports on a research programme designed to explore the opportunities for, and barriers to, pre-service teachers’ growth as practitioners of developmentally appropriate practice for children aged 5–11. The analysis is framed by a Vygotskian cultural–historical perspective and points to personal, cultural and structural factors as potential constraints immanent in the various configurations produced by the pre-service teacher–environment interface.
Updated: Jun. 30, 2016
The article suggests that narrative interaction in student teacher peer groups is an important context for emotional identification with culturally available teacher identities. It addresses issues pointed out as problematic in research on teacher identity formation: focus on the individual and the underestimation of context.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2016
The purpose of this case study is to investigate the professional mathematics teacher identity (PMTI) of prospective teachers in terms of how the individual perceives her professional identity and how that identity is actualised in the classroom. The participants were required to discuss and describe their own PMTI in terms of three aspects: mathematics specialisation, teaching-and learning specialisation, and caring. Subsequently, they were observed in the classroom, where the actualisation of their PMTI was considered in terms of the same three. These prospective teachers demonstrate that while they may certainly be teaching who they are, this is not necessarily who they think they are. They may believe that they are Mathematics Specialists, Teaching-and-learning Specialists, and Carers, but when they are observed at work in the classroom these specialisations are not necessarily, or at least not consistently evident.
Updated: May. 17, 2016