Search results for: Self study
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Listening to Students, Listening to Myself: Addressing Pre-service Teachers' Fears of Mathematics and Teaching Mathematics
The author's goal was to help her pre-service students improve their attitudes toward mathematics and teaching mathematics to elementary students. The author decided to employ self-study methodology to research her own teaching and learning as well as her students' teaching and learning in a new methods course. Findings include the importance of listening closely to students' feelings about learning and teaching math, responding with opportunities to re-learn primary math concepts in a collaborative and hands-on environment, and providing opportunities for pre-service teachers to experience success with math teaching in primary school settings.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2011
The present paper is based on a project in which the author, as a critical friend, worked with six engineering teachers in a Masters program in Machine Engineering in order to stimulate their reflection on their own teaching and learning as a way of developing their scholarship of teaching. The purpose of the study is to investigate the author's values, beliefs and professional practices and how these might have been challenged or changed as a result of being a critical friend to the engineering teachers.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2011
This article describes a collaborative research journey undertaken at the University of Edinburgh. The researchers who undertook the journey were a group of nine teacher educators. The researchers' purpose was to find a research identity in a university department with a strong commitment to training of student teachers but which existed within a university that has a strong reputation for research. The authors used a self-study methodology that focused on their individual experiences. The findings from this self-study reveal that , all the reseachers discovered a new collegiality. The authors also discovered , the tension between an identity as educator with a sense of responsibility to students and that of a researcher.
Updated: Jan. 30, 2011
In this article, the authors focus on an analysis of critical issues in supporting teacher educators conducting a self-study. The authors have found seven issues critical to enhancing the chances of self-studies being beneficial to the practice of teacher education as well as to the further development of a knowledge base for teacher education.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2010
Change, Changing, and Being Changed: A Study of Self in the Throes of Multiple Accountability Demands
Using the narrative inquiry research method, this self-study of the author’s teacher education practices examines the influence of four simultaneous accountability reviews on her personal experiences and identity within academia. Drawing on evidence excerpted from journal entries, work samples, historical documents and meeting notes, the author reconstructs a series of changes concerning human subjects reviews, course syllabi requirements, student assignments, grading procedures and personal productivity. The self inquiry reveals individual and institutional compromises that were made to achieve acceptable measures of success as determined by external agencies.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2010
Reflective Teaching as Self-Directed Professional Development: Building Practical or Work-related Knowledge
The purpose of this self-study is two-fold. Firstly, to aid in redressing the lack of attention given to the professional development of teacher educators; and secondly, to show that an attitude of self-directed inquiry combined with elements of reflective teaching enabled the author’s professional development. Specifically, the report shows how the author built practical or work-related knowledge in how to encourage the participation of a language-minority student in classroom discussions, differentiated instruction and learning and collaboration with colleagues.
Updated: Apr. 11, 2010
'It's All About Paying Attention!' … But to What? The '6 Ms' of Mentoring the Professional Learning of Teacher Educators
This article reports the findings of the authors' self-studies of their role as the mentors of groups of teacher educator colleagues, who were themselves engaged in action research on their work with teachers as their chosen mode of professional learning. From these studies of mentoring the professional learning of teacher educator colleagues, the authors have developed a conceptual model for 'contextually responsive mentoring' in teacher education. This model proposes that there are (at least) six core preoccupations of practice that tend to dominate teacher educators' thinking when engaged in these kinds of professional learning enquiries.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2010
In this article, two beginning teacher educators discuss their experiences of professional learning and identity construction during the first years of their work as academics. The authors entered teacher education after working as classroom teachers but, as has been found by others in the literature, were provided with little formal preparation for this career transition. The tensions and dilemmas inherent in being ‘expert’ teachers and ‘novice’ teacher educators are discussed. The authors emphasize particularly the complexity of developing professional connections with colleagues in the academic context.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
Exploring the Radical Middle between Theory and Practice: A Collaborative Self-Study of Beginning Teacher Educators
This paper is a collaborative self-study of the authors' development as beginning teacher educators over the course of an academic year. The purpose of the authors' self-study was their shared interest in the role of theory and of practice in teacher education programs. Both authors kept personal journals of the ideas they explored during their discussion meetings. Their analysis suggests that theory and practice are densely interwoven aspects of teaching which can be tacitly separated by coursework in teacher education.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2009
Developing a Vision of Teacher Education: How My Classroom Teacher Understandings Evolved in the University Environment
The objective of this research was to examine the development of the author's vision of teacher education as he moved from teacher to teacher educator. A qualitative self-study methodology was used to identify and describe sources of tension and growth that contributed to the evolution of his classroom teacher understandings as he forged a distinct vision for teacher education. Data were collected in the form of field texts over the three-year period when the author worked as a graduate teaching assistant in a teacher education program. The author identified four primary sources that contributed to the development of his vision of teacher education.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2009