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Action Research in Pre-service Teacher Education – A Never-Ending Story Promoting Professional Development
This paper examines how student-teachers experience the process and outcome of doing action research and what the authors as their teacher-educators can learn from these experiences about facilitating the student-teachers’ processes. The findings revealed that most student-teachers experienced the process as positive and saw action research as a tool in professional development. The authors conclude that this research supports the expected benefit of action research in terms of introducing students to a tool for systematic professional development.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018
Understanding the Use of Online Role-Play for Collaborative Argument through Teacher Experiencing: A Case Study
This study examines how teachers experience the use of online role-play for collaborative argument so that they could have a better knowledge of how technology enhances learning. The findings reveal that online role-play was an appropriate way for teaching collaborative argument. The participants indicated that topic choice would influence their degree of involvement in the activity. Furthermore, the findings show that participants recognised the value of conducting research on the topic prior to posting for evidence to support their claims. Finally, the participants identified a number of benefits of online role-play.
Updated: Feb. 07, 2018
Taking and Teaching the Test are not the Same: A Case Study of First-Year Teachers’ Experiences in High-Stakes Contexts
This study explores how two first-year teachers viewed policymakers’ reforms affecting their teaching and tenure in the field. These results show how policymakers’ high-stakes reforms impacted the development of these beginning teachers in significant ways. In this case study, the participants ended their first year of teaching questioning their roles in such classrooms. However, their commitment toward their work with their students appeared to keep them in the field as public school teachers. These findings reveal two implications for researchers, teacher educators, and teacher mentors.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2018
This study examined how teachers perceive and implement technology in a seventh-grade social studies class. The authors conclude that although the participants believed that using technology can benefit their students, the barriers they faced had more influence than their beliefs and attitudes on their decision to use technology in the classroom.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2017
Knowledge and Knowing in Mathematics and Pedagogy: A Case Study of Mathematics Student Teachers’ Epistemological Beliefs
The current study examines the challenges that students experience in the consolidation of knowledge in mathematics and education. The findings reveal that the epistemological beliefs of the three students differed between the two disciplines. The authors argue that all the students tended to regard mathematical knowledge as certain and coherent in nature. In education, however, they relied more on personal opinions and experiences as sources and justifications of knowledge. They also identify six main areas that can challenge the consolidation of mathematical and pedagogical knowledge.
Updated: Sep. 13, 2017
The present case study evaluated creative thinking of RN-BSN students in the course of clinical case study and practicum. Study design used quantitative and qualitative evaluations of creative thinking of RN-BSN students by triangulation method in the course of clinical case study and practicum. The qualitative data identified three themes of creative definitions as uniqueness, transformation and applicability. Additionally, two themes regarding the gains and obstacles of learning creative thinking as problem solving and beneficence, as well as routines and working experiences were determined.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2017
Key Stakeholders' Attitudes towards Teacher Education Programs in TEFL: A Case Study of Farhangian University in Iran
In this study, the authors aimed at exploring the attitudes key stakeholders in a teacher education program hold toward the appropriateness of English Language Teaching (EFL) teacher education programs at an Iranian teacher education university and their relevance to and sustainable impact in the real teaching context. This study found that the three groups of participants were unanimous in their evaluations of the majority of the courses, while their evaluative perceptions significantly varied for a small fraction of the courses in the program. The findings also revealed that the participants had a positive attitude towards the maintenance of most of the courses addressing teaching methodology and practice. Moreover, they believed that there is a need for inclusion of practical courses like practice- and micro-teachings as well as real classroom observations.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2017
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact interactive, online case studies have on learning for preservice teachers. More specifically, it evaluated whether the use of online case studies in instruction could enhance the level of knowledge the preservice teacher gained from the content material.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2017
Promoting Shifts in Preservice Science Teachers’ Thinking through Teaching and Action Research in Informal Science Settings
This study aimed to investigate the influence of an integrated experiential learning and action research project on preservice science teachers’ developing ideas about science teaching, learning, and action research itself. The data indicated that all participants gained enhanced understandings of children as diverse learners and the importance of prior knowledge in science learning. Shifts in thinking were observed for two of the in-depth case study students, while one, showed little change.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2017
Features of Effective Professional Learning: A Case Study of the Implementation of a System-Based Professional Learning Model*
This research broadly focuses on two distinct concerns: the first relates to what constitutes high-quality professional learning; and the second relates to the implementation of professional learning at the classroom level. This paper addresses each of these concerns by identifying the features of effective professional learning: focus, learning components, feedback, collaborative practices, temporal elements and coherence. The analysis of the three-case study schools suggests that the greatest benefit of system-based professional learning is the level of coherence it can provide.
Updated: Jan. 09, 2017