Search results for: Qualitative research
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In this article the authors draw upon 14 semi-structured interviews with the participants in a teacher-researcher project on the theme of 'ensuring African Caribbean attainment'. The aim of shedding light on the purposes, processes and lived experiences of teacher research in a difficult and contentious intellectual and practical domain. In the second half of the article the authors analyse the challenges and the rewards of participating in the project, including the challenges of facilitating teacher research. The authors also review the key implications of the research for policy and practice.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
This paper reports research concerning the effective use of video editing to help cultivate novice teachers' reflective practice. For this study, the authors used a qualitative research design to examine two guided reflection activities for two groups of novice teachers. Given that both groups used the same reflection guide, the authors found that students who developed video vignettes produced longer and more multifaceted reflections.
Updated: Dec. 01, 2009
The use of electronic portfolios is increasingly becoming popular in teacher education programs. Whereas many teacher education programs have adopted electronic portfolios in order to meet accreditation requirements, others use electronic portfolios to develop and improve on students’ technology skills. Using a qualitative research design, the current study examined teacher candidates’ attitudes toward electronic portfolios and the differences that electronic portfolios bring to their profession.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2009
The reflective and interrogative processes required for developing effective qualitative research questions can give shape and direction to the study. In qualitative studies, the ongoing process of questioning is an integral part of understanding the lives and perspectives of others. This paper addresses both the development of initial research questions and how the processes of generating and refining questions are critical to the shaping of a qualitative study.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2009
New methods are replacing or complementing traditional lectures at higher education. These are problem-based learning, group work, project work and fieldwork. The purpose of the research was that the teacher learned doing research, and can learn about group process and how they can be established and maintained.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2008
This paper examines a distinctive approach to qualitative research that was employed in a recent study to open a gateway to understanding the impact of the shootings at Columbine High School. Using the Columbine study as a model, it analyzes and delineates a process for collecting data through modified oral history practices, displaying data through stories using a specialized form of poetic representation, and disclosing results through strategies adapted from educational criticism and connoisseurship.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2008
This paper re-engages the paradigm wars of the 1980s, discussing their relevance in the current historical moment. It extends Egon Guba's call for dialogue across paradigm communities. Ten theses and three agenda items are advanced.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2008
The article explores the use of high-stakes testing and its effect on content, knowledge form and pedagogy. A qualitative metasynthesis of 49 qualitative studies indicated that the primary effect of high-stakes testing is that curricular content is narrowed to tested subjects, subject knowledge is fragmented and teachers increase the use of teacher-centered pedagogies. However, in a significant minority of cases the tests led to expanded curricular content, integration of knowledge and more student-centered pedagogies.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2008
The author discusses the evolution of ideas about the relationship between national and international development and educational change since World War II. He critically reviews relevant literature in comparative and international education, focusing on the concept of teachers’ work. The analyses draw on theories of postcolonialism. The author argues that virtually without exception, studies of, and theories about, teaching as work are based on the experiences of the northern hemisphere, particularly developed countries.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2008
Curriculum Making as Novice Professional Development: Practical Risk Taking as Learning in High-Stakes Times
This qualitative case study describes a university-based professional development program, which created an opportunity to examine three critical areas in education: management of relationships, curricular ownership, and the sources of classroom knowledge. Findings indicate that practical risk taking precede conceptual changes in teachers' thinking about the curriculum and current views regarding accountability.
Updated: Jan. 07, 2008