Search results for: Field experiences
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Exploring the Role of Field Experience Context in Preservice Teachers’ Development as Mathematics Educators
The purpose of this article is twofold: (1) to describe two mathematics field experiences which varied greatly in their context, and (2) to examine the influence of these field experiences on preservice teachers’ perspectives and development as educators in general and as mathematics educators specifically. The participants were 33 preservice teachers seeking their initial teaching certification: . Sixteen math camp field experience participants and The 17 traditional field experience participants. The findings suggest that the context of the traditional field experience did not provide the preservice teachers with the same level of support for the development of their mathematics knowledge and skills as did the math camp field experience.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2015
In this article, the authors use recent empirical research into the school-based mentoring of student teachers to describe three conceptions of mentor teacher roles and responsibilities. The article describes the following roles that include a consideration of the mentor teacher as (1) instructional coach, (2) emotional support system, and (3) socializing agent.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
The purpose of this study was to identify the supervision styles and types of discourse used when addressing or failing to address the three specific problems. The findings suggest that student teachers and supervisors do not use critical discourse to capitalize on opportunities to develop adaptive teaching expertise. The author used three problems - (1) unquestioned familiarity, (2) dual purposes, and (3) context- as a framework to learn how university-based supervisors helped student teachers engage in conversations around these common experience-based problems.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2014
Preparing Classroom Teachers to Be Cooperating Teachers: A Report of Current Efforts, Beliefs, Challenges, and Associated Recommendations
This article reports on a study which examined the efforts of 62 early childhood teacher education faculty to prepare cooperating teachers to work with preservice teachers. Since the nature and purpose of this preparation and support must be carefully examined in order to identify key features that will truly enhance the ability of these teachers to provide the type of mentoring that leads to quality field experiences.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2014
This study examines the effects of having longer and better quality student teaching on a variety of outcomes. The findings indicate that the duration of student teaching has little effect on teacher outcomes. However, this study finds that the quality of student teaching has significant and positive effects. Prospective teachers who report better quality student teaching experiences feel more prepared to teach, more efficacious, and plan more years in teaching and in the district than peers who report lower quality experiences.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2014
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
This article describes a project that sought to provide meaningful remote early field experiences for teacher candidates enrolled in distance teacher education courses. The focus of this study was to examine how candidates experienced the online field component, which was consistently structured for both methods courses. The findings reveal that a multitude of themes emerged: shared viewing that enhanced field experiences by making them more meaningful and relevant, created opportunities for social learning and reflection, and served as a bridge between classroom learning and experiences in the field. The authors argue that collaboration may be the key to survival in an age where economic conditions find teachers competing for positions and evaluated based on their ability to function as a leader within professional learning communities.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2014
This article reports on a study of the practices of a cohort of traditionally appointed teacher educators with the responsibility for facilitating teacher learning and learning teaching. The findings from the study revealed that the number of years of experience as a teacher educator was not related to competence or effectiveness.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014
In this article, the authors explore inquiry through the efforts of one pre-service teacher, Toni, during her practicum experience in a secondary mathematics classroom. Drawing on aspects of Bourdieu’s social field theory, the authors highlight the tensions between two different “fields', as well as the tensions within Toni herself in her efforts to identify and become proficient with inquiry pedagogy.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2013
This article discusses the importance of community-based field experiences as a feature of teacher education programs. The author uses a qualitative case study to present prospective teachers’ work with homeless youth in an after-school initiative.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013