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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
Learning While Teaching: A Case Study of Beginning Special Educators Completing a Master of Arts in Teaching
The purpose of this study was to understand how the extent to which the program was implemented, the participants’ background and career trajectories, and the teaching context interacted to yield their success. To understand the interactions of these elements, the researcher examined the academic and personal backgrounds of three teachers completing a MAT program in Varying Exceptionalities. The researcher also examined the teachers’ sense of self-efficacy, observed their practice, and gained the perspectives of their mentor teachers.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
Because Wisdom Can’t Be Told: Using Comparison of Simulated Parent–Teacher Conferences to Assess Teacher Candidates’ Readiness for Family–School Partnership
This study assessed teacher candidates’ readiness for parent involvement. Specifically, the study used a text-based case and carefully selected videos of simulated parent–teacher conferences to explore teacher candidates’ awareness and use of two dimensions of interpersonal communication: responsiveness and structuring. The findings revealed that candidates felt highly confident about their ability to communicate with students’ families; their levels of efficacy did not align with their actual skills: candidates made limited use of a small range of effective communication strategies; and the candidates could discriminate between effective and less-effective models of professional practice.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2014
In this article, the authors revisit the question of ethics education for teachers. The authors propose an approach to the professional ethics of teaching that employs a case-analysis framework specifically tailored to address the practice of teaching. The authors describe a case study which comes from their personal experience and apply the eight stages of the framework on it. The authors conclude that the framework for ethical decision making presented here provides a strategy for bringing conceptual coherence to professional ethics courses for teachers.
Updated: Jan. 07, 2014
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
This research examines a neighborhood educational opportunity zone. The goal is to scaffold school-community collaboration that reduces inequities in this area, including, but not limited to, educational inequities. The unit of analysis is Clare Horizon Community School (CHCS) as a subset of the neighborhood educational opportunity zone of Clare Horizon. In the case of CHCS, there is a clear community of individuals committed to the initiative. There is less clarity about the purpose of the enterprise and the ways to pursue it.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2013
Primary Teacher Trainee Perspectives on a Male-Only Support Group: Moving Male Trainee Teachers beyond the ‘Freak Show’
This paper reports on male trainees’ reactions to a pilot year intervention in which a male-only support group was set up. The participants were 12 male trainees. Overall, male trainees’ responses indicated that the introduction of the male-only group was an effective strategy to address the issue of being vulnerable and feeling ‘isolated’ in a female-dominated environment.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2013
The main purpose of this study was to investigate exemplary online teachers’ transition to online teaching with a specific focus on the successful practices. The findings show that when teachers described their successful practices, they often attended to their changing roles and representation of their “selves” within an online classroom. The authors found that teachers struggled to make themselves visible and heard in online environments by constantly challenging their already established roles and assumptions toward learning and teaching. They build their teacher personas by drawing their knowledge and experiences from different sources, such as their own experiences as learners in online classrooms and observations of other online teachers.
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013
The (Failed) Case of the Winston Society Wikispace: The Challenges and Opportunities of Web 2.0 and Teacher Education
In this article, the authors examine the case of the Winston Society. The authors argue that the participants saw the technological demands of the Winston Society as less threatening than participating in social practices that emphasized more participatory and collaborative knowledge-making, distributed expertise, and less published and individuated kinds of authorship. The authors claim that the data pointed to at least three alternative directions for the use of new literacies in teacher education: teachers’ discomfort with digital epistemologies, the potential of online affinity spaces and of networking social media to mediate teachers’ professional development.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2013
Enhancing the Development of Pre-service Teacher Professional Identity via an Online Classroom Simulation
The authors report on a comparative case study of first and final year pre-service teachers enrolled in an undergraduate education degree who engaged with an online classroom simulation. The findings indicated the first year pre-service teachers were able to identify and articulate their emerging teaching philosophy and began to visualise themselves in the role of a classroom teacher. By way of comparison, the final year pre-service teachers were able to draw upon their previous experiences and knowledge whilst engaging with the simulation to articulate their philosophy of teaching and make important connections between their university coursework and field experiences.
Updated: Jul. 23, 2013