Search results for: Teacher practices
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Mentoring as meaningful professional development: The influence of mentoring on in-service teachers' identity and practice
Within teacher education, many experienced in-service teachers routinely mentor pre-service teachers during teaching practicums. Notwithstanding the benefits pre-service teachers are meant to experience from these mentor–protégé relationships and experiences, recent research has demonstrated that mentors, too, may experience some (oftentimes unintended) potential benefits. The purpose of this paper is to further investigate such potential benefits within a Canadian secondary school physical education (PE) context. The researchers employed a qualitative case study methodology. The three primary data sources included field observations/notes, journals and interviews. The mentor teachers viewed the mentor–protégé relationship/experience as meaningful professional development, recognizing that it approximated a professional learning community. Relatedly, the mentor teachers experienced professional growth with respect to their own teaching identity and teaching practice.
Updated: Feb. 09, 2021
Teacher candidate learning of action-oriented knowledge from triggering incidents in teaching practice
This study investigated student teachers’ (N = 82) learning of action-oriented knowledge (AOK), triggering incidents in teaching practice, and the relationships between these two. The results showed that student teachers identified critical incidents related to didactical relation (57%), pedagogical relation (39%) and content relation (4%) meaningful for their learning. Within the relations, student teachers showed descriptive (43%), inferential (24%) and justified (33%) AOK in their reflections. The incidents related to pedagogical and didactical relation especially triggered descriptive and justified AOK. The results showed that teacher candidates AOK reflection started with evaluative descriptions of their teaching, and moved on to practical justifications. The study confirms that teacher candidates’ videos can extend their focus of teaching and afford more attention to student learning.
Updated: Aug. 19, 2020
Contemporary Methodological Perspectives in Educational Research on ‘Teachers’ practice’: Assumptions and Shortcomings for ‘Effective Practices’
In the context of the major influence that ‘effectiveness’ is having internationally, this paper studies the contemporary methodological perspectives in educational research when considering teachers’ practice. It shows that current trends can be boiled down to: (1) naturalistic methodology, (2) descriptive methodology, and (3) the nonmethodological solution. It states two main conclusions: first, there is a neat continuity with traditional methodologies, which were in decline long ago; second, contemporary perspectives in educational research fail to provide a consistent methodological model for ‘effective practices’. The author finally draws some conclusions and makes some suggestions for the further development of methodology in educational research and teachers’ practice. This study is noteworthy for teachers’ practice, collaborations and partnerships, and also for the relationship amongst research/practice/policy, which is at the core of the implementation of educational systems.
Updated: Dec. 05, 2019
Opening the Black Box of Field Experiences: How Cooperating Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices Shape Student Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices
The purpose of this study was to describe how six preservice science teachers learn to teach over a year and explain their learning by documenting their field experiences, teacher education courses, and their changing beliefs and practices. The findings reveal that teaching practices were strongly influenced by the cooperating teachers. Initially, all six interns attempted to mimic the lessons they witnessed their cooperating teachers teach. Later, the interns independently implemented instruction that emphasized key instructional or relational strategies as the cooperating teachers, regardless of whether or not they were experiencing success.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2014
The current paper examines the design of a professional development model. The purpose of this model is to improve student achievement. The model has been designed by combining and supplementing elements from school-improvement literature and existing professional development models. The combined elements resulted in six aspects which incorporated in a new model which includes presentation of theory, demonstration of skills, practice in a secure environment, pre-conference, observation and post-conference.
Updated: Apr. 27, 2011
Challenges for Teacher Education: The Mismatch between Beliefs and Practice in Remote Indigenous Contexts
The current article explores the nexus between the beliefs and practices of teachers working in a remote, Indigenous region of Australia. In particular, the article proposes that the discrepancy between beliefs and practices found in the reconnaissance phase of a design study is due to the teachers realising that they need to implement changed practices to enable students to learn but having little knowledge of what such practices may look like. This finding has implications for pre-service and in-service teacher education.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2010
The purpose of this project was to review existing literature and draw on two longitudinal research studies to understand the functions and uses of silence in everyday classroom practice. This article seeks to add to educators’ and researchers’ tools for interpreting classroom silence. The author concludes that an understanding of the meanings of silence through the practice of careful listening and inquiry shifts a teacher’s practice and changes a teacher’s understanding of students’ participation. The author suggests that teachers redefine participation in classrooms to include silence.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2010
This study aims at understanding teacher educators' professional development (TEPD) from the unique perspective of a group of educators who are regularly involved in planning, managing and implementing varied professional development programs for teacher educators, at the MOFET Institute in Israel. Working theories were derived from the participants' statements as to the preferable course of TEPD. These evolved around three mental images of the professionally well-developed teacher educator: the model pedagogue; the reflective, self-studying practitioner; and the developer of professional identities. These three working theories were followed by a fourth one relating to TEPD from the teacher educators' own point of view.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
The study explores a possible method of facilitating and enhancing the professional development of teacher educators, by promoting professional insights through the discussion about pedagogical dilemmas. The inquiry into their own practice and discussions about pedagogical dilemmas proved to be ways of conducting self-study during the interactive team meetings. The goal of these meetings was to reflect on the supporting workshops whilst empowering the newly qualified teachers. It gave the mentors an all-important opportunity to rethink their practices and their underlying perceptions as well as their fundamental values.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
Teachers have long participated in collaborative research. However, they have generally had direct stakes in the outcomes. Teachers in the Early Professional Learning (EPL) Project used their insider status to gather data not directly related to their own practice. Lessons for integrating a group of teacher–researchers into a major project are discussed.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2009