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The Subject of Mentoring: Towards a Knowledge and Practice Base for Content-focused Mentoring of New Teachers
In this article, the authors examine the knowledge and practice base of content-focused mentoring drawing from the wisdom of practice of a community of content mentors. The authors reveal three themes: (1) developing novices’ content teaching is a distinct and critical mentor role; (2) to support this role, experienced content mentors identified a complex knowledge/practice base, with mentors’ PCK and knowledge of assessment for content teaching as the most frequently reported domains; and (3) enactment of content-focused mentoring reveals promising practices in guiding novices in assessing and developing students’ disciplinary thinking, as well as, tensions between content-focused and socio-emotional mentor roles.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2016
Exploring The Professional Development Needs of New Teacher Educators Situated Solely in School: Pedagogical Knowledge and Professional Identity
This article investigates the experiences of secondary teachers within their workplace as they take on the role of leading subject knowledge development days for small groups of student-teachers through a case-study approach. The findings reveal a number of professional development needs of new teacher educators situated solely in school, some similar with those situated in higher educational institutions, including fostering an understanding that modelling needs to be made explicit to student-teachers. This has important implications with the introduction of Teaching Schools with responsibilities for educating student-teachers in England.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
This longitudinal study examined the curricular approaches of 14 student-teachers in training to teach Jewish subjects, from the preservice training stage through the beginning of teaching in secondary schools. This study focuses on the student-teachers’ approaches to curriculum and the differences in their attitudes toward two formal study programs: Jewish Philosophy and Bible studies, that differ in character and essence. The study’s findings identified differences in the curricular approaches held by the participating student-teachers from the beginning of training through professional teaching. Furthermore, it seems that the institutional component was a significant factor in the differences between the two subjects.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2016
Exploring Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices About Preschool Outdoor Play: A Qualitative Study
This case study examined how early childhood teachers’ beliefs and practices influence the function of preschool outdoor play. Teachers’ perceptions about outdoor play included the theme of outdoor play opportunities afforded children on the playground. Additional teachers’ perceptions included barriers to outdoor play and teacher preparation and planning for the outdoor environment.The early childhood teachers at the center believed that supervision is paramount during children’s outdoor play. The teachers viewed their primary responsibility outdoors as keeping the children safe and providing guidance, yet allowing children to play without teacher intrusion. Furthermore, teachers perceived that outdoor play opportunities were limited due to the physical space and the fixed equipment outdoors.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2016
Generating a Networked Improvement Community to Improve Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation: Network Leadership, Organization, and Operation
The purpose of this article is to describe an important aspect of organizing a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) by a large national effort, namely, the role of leadership structures. The article analyses a case study of the formation of a particular NIC, the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership). Six factors were identified as particularly important: convening the network, development of a membership framework, development of participation structures, building the leadership and hub functions of the partnership, development of an effective infrastructure for communications and developing human and material resources needed for the partnership to function effectively.
Updated: Aug. 10, 2016
Secondary Mathematics Preservice Teachers' Assessment Perspectives and Practices: An Evolutionary Portrait
This article presents a research study of how six secondary mathematics preservice teachers learned to use such reform-based assessment practices while enrolled in one of three reform-minded teacher education programs. Findings indicate that preservice teachers first focus on how to assess before considering other assessment functions such as what to assess and how to use assessment.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2016
The Experiences of Selected Mentors: A Cross-cultural Examination of the Dyadic Relationship in School-based Mentoring
In this case study, the authors examined the experiences of 11 selected mentors and their respective dyadic relationships in school-based mentoring with at-risk elementary school students to understand ways mentors might better form closer dyadic bonds yielding longer mentoring relationships. Four metathemes emerged: (a) encouragement, (b) relating style, (c) time and presence, and (d) language nuances. Specific components within these metathemes increased both synergy in the dyad and satisfaction for the mentors.
Updated: Jul. 31, 2016
Reflections on Tutoring Ancient Greek Philosophy: A Case Study of Teaching First-Year Undergraduates in the UK
The purpose of the study was to assess the author's practices as a teaching tutor and evaluate his students’ learning experiences. This study draws upon the notion of reflective practice as an essential feature of teaching. The author's aim was to show how a critical engagement with his teaching practices and the overall learning experience modified, developed, or strengthened his practices, attitudes, and teaching philosophy during the course of one term. The evidence-based reflective practice conducted during the term had a great impact on the author's teaching. It changed and deepened his understanding of two main relationships. The first is the connection between content/time and depth/breadth; the second is the relationship between learning experiences and beliefs about teaching.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2016
In this article, the authors suggest that current, ongoing changes in the nature and expectations of the university are causing the individuals who work in a UK School of Education to reconsider their identity. The paper proposes the formation of this identity to be a dynamic, career-long process. Diverse scaffolds for the development process are proposed, including opportunities for new teacher educators to be apprenticed into an academic role, the centrality of communities of practice and the importance of the supported development of academic skills.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2016
Learning from Interpersonal Interactions during the Practicum: A Case Study of Non-Native ESL Student Teachers
This study, which grounded in a sociocultural view of teacher learning, explores how non-native English as a Second Language (ESL) student teachers developed their understanding of professional learning in the light of their experiences of engaging with their significant others during an eight-week practicum. The study reveals rich interactions between these student teachers and their significant others in the school settings. The findings reveal that the process of learning to teach was described as experiencing, which is connected to engagement in activities in personal social context that is counted as doing. This study suggests a pressing need to develop university–school partnership to facilitate the development of collegial relationships among student teachers and their significant others.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2016