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Towards Contextual Experimentation: Creating a Faculty Learning Community to Cultivate Writing-to-Learn Practices
In order to explore ways to integrate new pedagogical practices, five faculty members created an informal faculty learning community focused on writing-to-learn practices, an inquiry and process-based writing pedagogy. The findings reveal that participation in a faculty learning community provided an engaging and effective way to learn and make use of new pedagogical practices. Participants gained practical adaptive strategies from each other, felt supported in their experimentation with the new practices, and analyzed more deeply the ways in which the new practices could be integrated into their teaching.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2016
Over the last two years, a unique model for exploring teaching and learning has been created at Achva Academic College. This model, which is based on brain research findings and is called 'The Achva Neuropedagogy Model', focuses on teachers' teaching processes and on pupils' learning processes. It works toward implementing the brain research findings so as to ameliorate teaching and learning via a dialogue between neuropedagogy and educators, teachers, and principals. The experts, who hail from the fields of psychology, pedagogy, and brain research, present educators with relevant biological-neurological-psychological information, and the educators propose possible applications based on this information.
Updated: Dec. 04, 2016
Exploring the Impact of Prior Experiences in Non-Formal Education on My Pedagogy of Teacher Education
The purpose of this article is to use self-study methodology to uncover what effects these experiences had on the development of the author's pedagogy of teacher education and so he needed to find a way to extract ideas that were relevant to his practice as a teacher educator. The author draws two conclusions from this self-study (1) There is considerable value in re-experiencing oneself as a learner by examining one’s own life history in order to challenge how we know what we know about teaching. (2) If we accept the idea that prior experiences as a student and as a teacher influence our work as teacher educators and professors of education, then our prior experiences as a learner in non-formal settings offer a rich context for additional analysis through self-study.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2016
Promoting the Understanding of Photosynthesis Among Elementary School Student Teachers Through Text Design
The purpose of this study was to investigate what kind of conceptions elementary school student teachers have regarding photosynthesis and whether or not a refutational text fosters an understanding of the phenomenon more effectively than a traditional, nonrefutational text. The authors were also interested in how the level of learners’ previous knowledge was connected to learning via different text types. The results indicate that pre-service elementary school teachers’ understanding of photosynthesis was relatively poor before they read the text. However, after reading the text, the participants achieved significantly better results, and thus the intervention was successful. The results also indicate that the refutational text supported students’ learning of photosynthesis more than the traditional, non-refutational text.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2016
A Topography of Collaboration: Methodology, Identity and Community in Self-study of Practice Research
In this article, two educational researchers explore the development of their understanding of collaboration in self-study of teacher education practices research using of the metaphoric tool of topography. The researchers communicate their perceptions through the presentation of four topographic moments. Each topographic moment is represented by a poem and the analysis of the poem. The four moments explored include the self in collaboration, the positioning of the self and the other on the landscape of collaboration, the way in which collaboration impacts research methodology, and the role of representation and community.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
The present study examines the work of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices special interest group of the American Educational Research Association from the perspectives of its members with a focus on its development, scholarship, mentorship, practice, and community, and with the major goal of informing its future work. Findings indicate that a sense of community, a nexus of personal and professional development, and collective shaping and engagement are important components for growth despite challenges encountered.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
Preparing Physical Education Preservice Teachers to Design Instructionally Aligned Lessons through Constructivist Pedagogical Practices
The purpose of this study was to explore the extent to which the constructivist pedagogies employed by teacher educators assisted preservice teachers (PSTs) in their understanding and construction of knowledge about instructional alignment. The findings revealed that PSTs varied in their articulation of the various elements of instructional alignment that were captured in the rich task. Furthermore, the results showed that through peer interaction in the form of discussion with critical friends, probing and challenging one another’s insights and interpretations, group problem solving and sharing of outcomes through various pedagogical strategies.
Updated: Nov. 01, 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
This paper provides the details of the systemic change occurring over a five-year period through a comprehensive evaluation model. The results of the comprehensive evaluation plan indicate, over time, increases in the implementation of building-level supports, rated performance of co-teaching partnerships and grades for students with disabilities in co-taught classrooms. The evolution of the model extended to include web resources, interactive webinars, onsite coaching and specific evaluation feedback and recommendations to individual schools and teachers.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
The authors conducted this benchmarking study of the standalone course to determine the successful lessons and practices that should be incorporated into the new program design, in which educational technology faculty members were charged with developing an alternative approach of infusing technology into methods courses. Results from analysis of pre- and post-course survey results and focus-group data indicated that candidates' confidence and TPACK scores increased in the standalone course.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016