Search results for: Lifelong learning
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Learning with their Peers: Using A Virtual Learning Community to Improve an In-service Biology Teacher Education Program in Brazil
The purpose of this study was to explore whether the use of virtual learning community (VLC) associated with an online teachers' professional development program enable Biology teachers to share knowledge with their peers. The findings reveal that teachers that joined the this community intensely shared knowledge both on Biological contents and didactic experiences. They seldom used the VLC-Bio for social purposes. The authors also found that the effective participation in the collective construction of knowledge on how to teach Biology topics occurred mainly through interaction of teachers with their peers.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018
This article aimed to examine the factors that influenced the decision for three researchers to make the move from primary teaching to higher education. The authors identified three common, key themes leading to the participants’ career change: exploration and reinvention, key figures and lifelong learners. The results suggest that the participants felt a sufficient degree of competence to pursue a career as a teacher educator within higher education and so made the decision to apply for a position.
Updated: May. 22, 2018
As a teacher educator, the author shares her experiences and positioning as an apprentice, academic and administrator. While she refers to each as a ‘phase’, she suggests each overlap at varying times throughout teacher educators' careers/life, particularly if they are lifelong learners and that an element of apprenticeship is present in all that they strive to do, although not everyone perhaps acknowledges and engages with apprenticeship as professional learning and learning about oneself.
Updated: Jul. 10, 2017
Potential of Service-Learning to Promote Sustainability Competencies in Pre-service Teachers: A Case Study
This study investigates the potential of service-learning to develop a situated, embodied and critically reflective human agency for sustainability. Exploration of intended learning outcomes and project and assessment experiences across three cases reveal the potential of service-learning to develop in pre-service teachers sustainability competencies involving participative action with community partners to achieve agreed-upon outcomes.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2017
A Comparative Study of Awarding Organisation and HEI Initial Teacher Training Programmes for the Lifelong Learning Sector in England
The central purpose of this research was to ascertain the views of teachers and teacher educators in the lifelong learning sector in England about the comparative ‘value’ of different forms of initial teacher training (ITT). The article reveals that both teachers and teacher educators perceive HEI programmes as superior to other forms of teacher training, in terms of both labour-market currency and the quality of learning provided. Although the majority of respondents regarded awarding body courses as adequate, the data reveal that most believed that HEI provision offers a different learning experience to that provided by alternative awarding bodies. Furthermore, both teachers and teacher educators believed that HEI-validated courses offered a challenging experience combining theory and practice.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2016
This article describes an aspect of reflective practice referred to as situated reflective practice. It is argued that there exist some situations where a person will find themselves in a position over which they have little control, avoidance or veto. This study's major conclusion was that key interview themes enabled the delineation of a series of five characteristics representing increasing structural distance in space and time between the reflective practitioner and the professional situation in which they work.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2016
The purpose of this article is to explore how mentors can act as change agents for social justice. It examines mentors’ roles in initial teacher education in the lifelong learning sector (LLS) and how critical spaces can be opened up to promote a flow of mentor, trainee teacher, learner and community empowerment. The findings reveal that LLS mentors and trainee teachers are uncertain about their roles. In the UK and several countries, mentoring is dominated by an instrumental assessment-focused approach, whereby social justice is marginalised. In contrast, what the authors call social justice mentors establish collaborative democratic mentoring relationships, create spaces for critical reflection, support trainees to experience different cultures, develop inclusive critical pedagogies, and generally act as advocates and foster passion for social justice.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015
Reforming Teacher Education in the Context of Lifelong Learning: The Case of the BEd Degree Programme in Ireland
This article argues that a reform of the BEd degree programme ought to be informed by the philosophies and practices of lifelong learning. This could be achieved by introducing students to the theories of lifelong learning, by teacher educators modelling best practice in lifelong learning and by student teachers acknowledging that initial teacher education is just the first step in the continuum of professional teacher education.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2015
This article examines the Deleuzian concept of ‘assemblage’ in educational research in the context of Teacher Education (TE) for the ‘continuing education’ or ‘Lifelong Learning’ sector. The author argues that the concept of assemblage recognises developmental practices in distinctive ways and that it challenges the centripetal views implied by other models’ elision of more specific types of convergence, each of which is analysed. Drawing on Deleuze’s creative approach to analysis, the article draws a portrait of practice which identifies problems and successes in specific cases of TE with wider applicability.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2014
Everyday Life and Everyday Learning: The Ways in which Pre-service Teacher Education Curriculum Can Encourage Personal Dimensions of Teacher Identity
This paper presents and discusses the findings of a research project. The project's main objective is to identify curriculum components that promote personal development as a nuclear part of teacher professional identity formation through pre-service teacher education. The curricula of four different historical periods of pre-service teacher education in Portugal and the professional identity of teachers trained within them were characterised through collection and analysis of documents and biographical narratives. Crossing results from the four periods, the quality of school climate emerges as an important variable to the quality of the teachers’ identity.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2013