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This article explores one workshop, ‘Research Communication in the Multicultural Academy’ (RCMA), as a case study demonstrating how collaborative critique can be implemented. 'Collaborative critique’ is an approach designed to be collaborative in that participants work together to create meaning through discussion and debate stimulated by narrative, case studies and role plays. The authors frame the discussion with four categories: context, construction, collaboration and conversation. The authors acknowledge that collaborative critique can leave some programme participants with a certain amount of confusion. They conclude that confusion, complexity, critique and corroboration, while unsettling and challenging, can be harnessed to work in conjunction with the context, construction, collaboration and conversation that are central to academic development programmes.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2015
The main focus of this research was to assess the impact of a mentoring scheme in facilitating integration amongst first-year international students who come from different ethnic, cultural, sociocultural and socio-economic backgrounds so that they become effective learners. The findings indicated that international students suffer from acute disorientation in their new institution. They find the new academic and social culture daunting. The author concludes that the lessons learned from it together with many of the suggestions which emerged from the focus group discussions, are included in the current mentoring scheme. The success of the mentoring scheme facilitated the transition of first-year international students, encouraged a sense of community and actually created a community amongst the international student cohort.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2015
The focus of this study is the practice of mentoring as perceived by key participants, and the backdrop is the changing training context. Particularly, this research aims to understand mentoring of student teachers as a practice-based learning process situated within the school as a workplace, and for the purposes of sustaining the working practices and staffing of that workplace. Experiences of mentoring in this specific case study of initial teacher education vary but there are common constraints and affordances. This research suggests that the wider value placed on mentoring within the workplace-orientated context of initial teacher education matters. Furthermore, the socio-cultural context within which mentoring occurs also has a significant impact, and indeed the extent to which the mentors are afforded the necessary time and mentor education to fulfil their role.
Updated: Oct. 12, 2015
In this article, the authors draw on two purposefully selected case studies of student teachers to explore the implications of this alternative understanding of the nature and consequences of resistance. This cross-case analysis focuses on the causes and manifestations of friction over time. The findings indicate that resistance itself, and its causes, should be understood as interactive in multiple ways. The two participants identified different causes for the friction they experienced at different moments in time. Moreover, almost each time they identified a certain cause, they added that it might work differently for other students or that they could also see how it would work, but just not under the given circumstances.
Updated: Sep. 08, 2015
This paper reports on a dialogic model of international practicum, involving Australian pre-service students and two mentors on a 22-day placement in South Africa. The authors begin with a traditional qualitative case study of the practicum program, identifying benefits for some students.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2015
The goal of this article is to report a preliminary work on student-centered teacher preparation to promote school success among culturally and linguistically diverse learners. The authors believe that teacher education programs need to be very purposeful in their approach to multicultural literacy teacher education. Drawing upon Vygotskian perspective on learning, they chose two cases from the beginning of their teacher education program and during student teaching, which often marks the end of teacher education program.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2015
This article describes a study which examined the structuring of university–community research partnerships that facilitate theoretically grounded research while also generating findings that community partners find actionable. Through their focus on the evolution of this university–community collaboration, they show how researchers established their commitment to a mutually beneficial exchange. They also show how data-driven action emerged when community agencies assumed ownership and prioritized action throughout the research process.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015
This article aims to examine the process of critical professional identity development as it was perceived by the teacher candidates who participated in the service-learning programme. This study presents three main processes that took place in the development of a critical professional identity among teacher candidates during service-learning. These processes included the following: (1) Deconstructing stereotypes through engagement with the ‘other', (2) Coping with difficulties, dilemmas or conflicts that arise from dialogue with the ‘other', and (3) Shifting from a hegemonic professional perception to a dialogic one.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2015
This article presents a study which examined the transfer of pedagogical practices and conceptions of teaching and learning mathematics in the process of early professional identity development. The findings reveal that participants explained that professional development, as measured by the transfer of teacher-preparation program (TPP) practices and beliefs, was based upon innate ability and personality, pre-training experiences, preservice experiences, and in-service experiences. Furthermore, 71% of all inservice observations were coded as TPP practices, therefore, confirming the participants’ articulated perceptions about the significance of preservice preparation.
Updated: May. 19, 2015
Multiple Enactments of Method, Divergent Hinterlands and Production of Multiple Realities in Educational Research
The article seeks to discuss how different research methods and approaches influence in practice. It examines how divergent disciplinary hinterlands influence the enactments of research methods. It also explores how the choice of research approach affects the types of knowledge and realities produced in the research process.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2015