Search results for: Student attitudes
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Motivations for Choosing Teaching as a Career: Effects on General Pedagogical Knowledge during Initial Teacher Education
This study aimed to examine the significance of teaching motivations for the gain of professional knowledge during teacher education. The findings reveal that the FIT-Choice instrument’s factor structure was replicated. Furthermore, the motivation profile typical for preservice teachers in Germany was also replicated. The results also reveal that intrinsic motivation is positively correlated, whereas extrinsic motivation is negatively correlated, with GPK at the first occasion of measurement. In addition, the findings show that extrinsic motivation also matters for preservice teachers.
Updated: Jun. 02, 2014
Comparing Online and Face-to-Face Presentation of Course Content in an Introductory Special Education Course
This article describes an instructional content, which was presented differently in two introductory special education course sections. In a face-to-face (f2f) section, the instructor met with students on regularly scheduled days and times and presented content in person. In the other section, content was presented using enhanced podcasts, consisting of the instructor narrating while PowerPoint slides and other visuals were shown in flash movies that students could download from the Internet at days and times of their choosing. The findings reveal that although data associated with student achievement and student satisfaction were slightly more favorable for the f2f section, the discrepancies may have been related to demographic differences in the student populations of the two sections.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2014
Religion as a Support Factor for Women of Color Pursuing Science Degrees: Implications for Science Teacher Educators
This study examines the factors women of color utilized as supports as part of their persistence in science majors. This article draws from a larger study of sixteen African-American, Hispanic, and African women who were navigating various undergraduate science majors at multiple colleges in the Northeast and Southeast United States. The findings illustrated that the participants viewed religion as a contributor to general support, stress relief, encouragement during difficult times, and intervention. The author concludes that the findings illustrate that one potential mechanism for broadening science participation may be through connections with students’ families, their cultural backgrounds, and even their religious views.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2014
The article focuses on identifying which motives for becoming a teacher have a beneficial effect and which ones have a detrimental effect. A longitudinal study on the motivation for becoming a teacher investigated the importance that Dutch pre-service teachers ascribed to multiple motives. The article examined how these motives are related to the efforts, involvement and professional commitment to the teaching profession of the participants. The results were used to distinguish between adaptive motives and maladaptive motives for becoming a teacher. The findings revealed that the perceptions of teaching ability, intrinsic career values and making a social contribution were the most important motives for choosing the teaching profession. Choosing teaching as a fallback career or because of social influences were two motives that were found to be least important for the pre-service teachers.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
Our Practice, Their Readiness: Teacher Educators Collaborate to Explore and Improve Preservice Teacher Readiness for Science and Math Instruction
The authors are four preservice teacher educators who became collaborators and co-researchers to explore their preservice teachers' attitudes toward science and mathematics. The authors found significant differences among the PTs in the program, both in terms of their attitudes and prior experiences of science and math education, and in their confidence in engaging their students in these subjects. This collaborative research project provided two avenues for professional learning: the findings we established from the data collected from the PTs and the actual experience of collaborating and learning about each others’ philosophical stances.
Updated: Mar. 17, 2014
The present article describes an innovative capstone mathematics course that links college mathematics with school mathematics and pedagogy. In this article, the authors provide a brief description of Math 385 along with one group’s experience, and share preliminary analyses of the impact of the course. The participants in this study were 112 undergraduate students who were enrolled in the methods course during 2006 through 2009. The aspects of Math 385 indicated that students gained an appreciation of cooperative learning, seeing other students’ approaches to problems, and student-centered instruction.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2014
In this paper, five professors examine the intersection of social foundations and borderland theory and their efforts to move students through resistance to understanding and affirmation of sociocultural diversity. This article is presented in two parts: the first providing examples of using a borderland approach within the classroom and the second providing illustrations moving these borderland strategies beyond the classroom. In each case, authors show the interwoven nature of pedagogy, identity, knowledge, and experience as they work to connect theory and practice.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013
Learning to Open Up History for Students: Preservice Teachers’ Emerging Pedagogical Content Knowledge
This article investigates the ways in which novices construct tasks that demand students’ interpretive and evidence-based thinking in history. This article also examines novices’ capacity to attend to and create space for their students’ interpretive and evidence-based thinking when taught to do so in their methods coursework. The author focuses on three case studies of preservice history teachers. By the end of the year, only one student emphasized both interpretive and evidence-based thinking, while the second student emphasized interpretive thinking, and the third student emphasized neither.
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013
The Importance of Respect in Teaching and Learning: Perspectives of Final Year Pre-service Teachers in A Regional University in Ireland
The purpose of this research was to examine pre-service teachers (PSTs’) perceptions of respect in educative relationships. This study also investigated the factors that guided the pre-service teachers’ perceptions. The authors conclude that the respect for the role of a teacher by their pupils is bound not solely in their subject knowledge, but can be diminished in their eyes through a perceived humiliation or can be enhanced by a willingness for the teacher to convey ‘interpersonal respect’, by attempting to relate to them. Additionally, the participants stated that balancing ‘interpersonal respect’ and ‘respect in the role of the teacher’ helped them to feel more confident in their teaching abilities and to relate to their pupils.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013
This study examined preservice secondary science teachers’ perceptions of the classroom learning environment as experienced during their practicum. The study also compared this classroom learning environment to their espoused views of an ideal science classroom. The qualitative findings are corroborated by some of the results from the CLES scales, suggesting that preservice teachers perceived their practicum classrooms to incorporate only a few of the constructivist learning environment factors. Furthermore, most preservice teachers also believed that their practicum should be a flexible apprenticeship, where science teaching innovation was supported.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2013