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Using self-study approach, the author was interested to learn about teaching teachers. The author positioned herself as a novice in the unfamiliar context of learning to ride a horse. Two themes emerged through pattern analysis. The first theme to emerge through the author's early journal entries was empathy for her students’ anxiety and vulnerability when learning a new skill with such high stakes. The second theme was the fact that the author had fallen but got back in the saddle with renewed confidence spoke volumes about learning.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2013
The main goal of this self-study was to determine the extent to which an instructor's pedagogical knowledge and practice would be enhanced though the use of Just-in-Time Teaching. The findings reveal that the JiTT strategy has indeed strengthened many areas of the instructor's pedagogical content knowledge. The JiTT activities allowed the instructor to assess easily the prior understandings of her students so that she could better address any misconceptions or gaps in their science knowledge. The in-class follow-up to each activity also forced the instructor to expand her understanding of instructional methodologies. Finally, the findings reveal that the JiTT strategy has indeed strengthened many areas of the instructor's pedagogical content knowledge.
Updated: Dec. 01, 2013
In this paper, five professors examine the intersection of social foundations and borderland theory and their efforts to move students through resistance to understanding and affirmation of sociocultural diversity. This article is presented in two parts: the first providing examples of using a borderland approach within the classroom and the second providing illustrations moving these borderland strategies beyond the classroom. In each case, authors show the interwoven nature of pedagogy, identity, knowledge, and experience as they work to connect theory and practice.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013
This article reports a self-study of the experiences of a teacher educator who has developed and taught a university-based action research course. The author adopted self-study as the methodology, using qualitative data collection methods. The article describes three themes which emerged during the action research: 1) Teacher culture clashes with the research world, 2) Teachers’ assumptions about teaching and learning and 3) Action research, domesticated by traditional research.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2013
Learning to Open Up History for Students: Preservice Teachers’ Emerging Pedagogical Content Knowledge
This article investigates the ways in which novices construct tasks that demand students’ interpretive and evidence-based thinking in history. This article also examines novices’ capacity to attend to and create space for their students’ interpretive and evidence-based thinking when taught to do so in their methods coursework. The author focuses on three case studies of preservice history teachers. By the end of the year, only one student emphasized both interpretive and evidence-based thinking, while the second student emphasized interpretive thinking, and the third student emphasized neither.
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013
The Confidence to Teach English Language Learners: Exploring Coursework's Role in Developing Preservice Teachers’ Efficacy
This article examines the organization of endorsement curricula to increase preservice teachers’ confidence in their ability to teach English Language Learners (ELLs). Specifically, the authors were interested to determine what methods of instruction were most effective in increasing preservice teachers’ sense of self-efficacy in teaching ELLs. This study showed that allowing preservice teachers to engage and collaborate actively in the endorsement content with others is a very effective method of instruction in order to improve their confidence in teaching ELLs. The preservice teachers in this study believed that they could teach ELL students and that the information that they learned and the instructional methods advocated in the content were integrative and helpful for all student learning and development.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2013
‘Let Them Fish’: Empowering Student-Teachers for Professional Development through the Project Approach
In this action research, the author used a project as an approach to relinquish control and empower the students to organize a seminar for their professional development. The data revealed that a significant learning point for the student-teachers was that communication and interpersonal skills were important in getting results from the top management and people of authority. The project was a process of change and self-discovery for the student-teachers. Students had to get over their resistance towards unwanted responsibilities and accept that in the real world, irrespective of their preferences, the job has to be done.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013
This article considers the experience of mature trainee teachers in the United Kingdom, who participated in employment-based models of training. The paper documents collaborative action research by teacher educators focusing on the changing demands of their development work with the trainees.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013
Facing the Changing Demands of Europe: Integrating Entrepreneurship Education in Finnish Teacher Training Curricula
The current paper describes the ways in which entrepreneurship education is included in the curricula of Finnish teacher training. The current unstable situation in the EU requires not only economic arrangements, but also new approaches in other areas, such as education and its reform. As an implication for practice, the authors propose there could be more support for curriculum design of higher education at both national and EU level.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2013
This article describes the accounts of school students regarding the difference between traditional and competence-based models. The data demonstrate the tensions caused by pupils’ perceptions of the demands of summative assessment systems, which reflect a very different epistemology from experiential/competence models. The authors conclude that greater pedagogical literacy, attention to professional development, assessment reform and engaging students as partners in curriculum reform are needed.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2013