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This paper analyzes teacher educators’ constructions of their professionalism and the constituent professional resources and senses of identity on which that professionalism draws. The study is framed by a broadly sociological concern with the (re)production of social patterns and relations through teacher education. The findings show that three modes of professionalism were constructed by educators within the sample group, with each deploying professional resources and senses of identity in varying ways to position individuals as credible and legitimate practitioners within the field of teacher education.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
A Case Study Exploring the Use of Garageband™ and an Electronic Bulletin Board in Preservice Music Education
This study was designed to examine whether the integration of digital learning technologies in teacher education programs enhances a larger educational mission to foster preservice teachers’ understanding of music and digital literacy. The findings reveal that the majority of participating preservice teachers subscribed to an understanding of music literacy based upon traditional values of developing students’ notation skills. Although a framework for learning was in place, the process was designed as organic, developing with each exchange of musical selections and accompanying reviews and responses. For those accustomed to teacher-centered instruction, this created a measure of initial anxiety.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2014
What about Language While Equitably Assessing Science?: Case Studies of Preservice Teachers’ Evolving Expertise
The goal of this article was to explore the ways in which language played a role in the teachers’ evolving expertise and enactment of equitable science assessment. The findings revealed that the teachers became more knowledgeable about the role of language in assessment and incorporated scientific discourse while assessing in their teaching practicum. Yet, the teachers did not adopt a permanent and individualized stance toward how to address language while assessing, instead straddling opposing decisions. The author referred to this straddling as a “tension.” Two tensions emerged.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2014
This article focuses on the professional and academic development of mid-career teacher educators from two universities in England. The objectives of the study were to analyse and compare the career experiences of teacher educators. Clear landmarks were identified in both contexts, with development in teaching seen as largely positive, while research development was much more varied.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014
Navigating Access and Maintaining Established Practice: Social Studies Teachers' Technology Integration at Three Florida Middle Schools
This study examines middle grades social studies teachers’ technology integration in their classrooms. The participant teachers indicated their beliefs that technology integration was important for student learning and that students learned best in an active, hands-on, classroom. However, few teachers required students to gather and analyze information in the class setting. The findings suggest that multiple factors influence the teachers’ practices, including access and functionality of technology, teacher attitude toward and comfort with technology, and teaching philosophy and pedagogical practice.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2014
This paper advances beyond a definition toward a common framework for specifying mentoring models. Sixteen design elements were identified from the literature. These design elements were tested through specification of two different mentoring models from higher education contexts.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2014
Abduction, Deduction and Induction: Can These Concepts Be Used for an Understanding of Methodological Processes in Interpretative Case Studies?
This article presents an extended perspective based on Charles Sanders Peirce’s concepts of abduction, deduction and induction. The author intends to show some of the integral relationships between these concepts which can be relevant for interpretative case studies exemplified by classroom research.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2014
Developing Mathematics Teacher Knowledge: The Paradidactic Infrastructure of ‘‘Open Lesson’’ in Japan
The aim of the current research is twofold: 1. Present a theoretical approach to study mathematics teacher knowledge and the conditions for developing it in direct relation to teaching practice. 2. Present and analyse a case of open lesson using this theoretical approach. In order to conduct their analysis, the authors have developed a new technology about the open lesson practice and some elements of theory as well. For this study, the authors collected data from three sources: the lesson plan of the teacher; the real-time observation of the lesson; the discussion after the lesson. In conclusion, the current study indicates why open lessons represent, to Japanese teachers, an attractive element of a professional learning community of teachers.
Updated: Aug. 19, 2014
The purpose of this study is to describe and understand prospective science teachers’ knowledge development. This is a longitudinal, multiple case study of four prospective biology teachers’ PCK development during a post-baccalaureate teacher education program. The authors learned that as prospective teachers gained more knowledge and experience, the interaction that develops between teachers’ knowledge of learners and their knowledge of instructional sequences becomes more integrated. In addition, the findings demonstrate a strong relationship exists between science teaching orientations and knowledge of learners and instructional sequences.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2014
Investigating the Development of Prospective Mathematics Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Generalising Number Patterns through School Practicum
This case study was conducted to explore the development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) through a school practicum course. The case study also examined how observation of number pattern lessons in schools and discussions of these observation contribute to prospective teachers’ PCK. The participants of the study were three female prospective elementary mathematics teachers, who enrolled in a 4-year teacher training programme in a university in I˙zmir, Turkey. With regard to the issue of effectiveness of the activities in the SP course, it can be concluded that observations in real classroom settings and discussions of these observations in the SP course resulted in an improvement of the prospective teachers’ PCK.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2014