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The purpose of this study is to investigate the idiographic roles of mentors who supervise student teachers in distance-learning pre-service teacher education programs during practicum. The findings of the study revealed that the cooperating teachers identified the following tasks as their mentoring responsibilities: ‘Providing facilitative information to enhance classroom performance’, ‘Giving constructive feedback on teaching performance’, ‘Helping student teachers form a professional identity and become aware of their professional development’, ‘Providing moral support’, ‘Facilitating socialization of the student teacher’, ‘Scaffolding lesson planning’, ‘Willingly offering facilitative information’, ‘Helping students to use and understand observation forms’, ‘Preparing for the mentor role’ and ‘Interacting with other cooperating teachers’.
Updated: Sep. 29, 2014
This work aims to present an alternative vision of teaching, one that the authors call “Teacher as Civic Agent.” This term marks an important theoretical shift from viewing quality teaching and learning as that which prepares students to succeed economically to that which prepares students to become self-actualized and critically empowered civic agents. The authors explore the “Teacher as Civic Agent” through the analysis of the Council of Youth Research. The study seeks to provide a new rationale for democratic teacher education and a revitalization of the civic purposes of schooling. The authors argue for new paradigm of teacher education in which teachers engage with local communities, become producers of knowledge, and work collectively in solidarity with their students to create social change.
Updated: Mar. 03, 2014
Imagining, Becoming, and Being a Teacher: How Professional History Mediates Teacher Educator Identity
The context of this self-study is a professional development project involving primary-grade teachers in one public school and two university teacher educators. The authors are two teacher educators who are both former public school elementary-grade teachers.The aim of this self-study was to illuminate their understanding of their own professional identities as teachers. Analysis of their narratives revealed that fundamental aspects of their teacher identity have remained constant as their careers have evolved. Regardless of the setting, the age of their students, or the expanded expectations of the university to engage in research and professional service, the authors are, first and foremost, teachers.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2014
This article examines how teacher educators exercise professional agency in negotiating their teacher and researcher identities. This paper also examines how professional agency is manifested in their local work contexts at individual level, at work-community level and at organisational levels. The study is based on a sociocultural approach, and it seeks to conceptualise the interplay between individual actors and the social context. The main finding was that that teacher educators manifested a strong sense of agency when describing their work as teachers. However, the construction of their researcher identity was subjugated, complex and characterised by a lack of resources. The accounts reflected a lack of agency, with minor resources for identity construction or for working as a researcher.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2013
The Dilemma of Cultural Responsiveness and Professionalization: Listening Closer to Immigrant Teachers Who Teach Children of Recent Immigrants
The authors present an analysis of the teacher interviews which were conducted in five U.S. cities with 50 preschool teachers. These interviews were part of a comparative study in Europe and the United States of what practitioners and parents who are recent immigrants think should happen in preschool. The authors compare the perspectives of these immigrant teachers with those of their nonimmigrant counterparts. Specifically, the authors focus on the cultural expertise of immigrant teachers who work within their own immigrant community. One of the major findings is that preschool teachers are caught between their pedagogical training and their cultural knowledge.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2013
The authors empirically examine the impact that students’ backgrounds, academic experiences, and attitudes have on their likelihood of selecting a STEM major in college. The findings revealed significant effects in relation to race, academic preparation, attitudes and dispositions toward math and science, college choice considerations, and postsecondary experiences.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2013
The Use of Grounded Theory to Investigate the Role of Teacher Education on STEM Teachers’ Career Paths in High-Need Schools
This study explored the role of teacher education programs on the career paths of 38 Noyce scholarship recipients by using grounded theory. The 38 Noyce scholars completed teacher education programs across the United States. The study resulted in a model of the pathway to retention in high-need settings based on the scholars’ perceptions as reported in the interviews. The use of an inductive grounded theory approach indicated that teacher education played a role on the scholars’ career paths.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2013
Pathways in Learning to Teach Elementary Science: Navigating Contexts, Roles, Affordances and Constraints
This case study of a fifth-year elementary intern’s pathway in learning to teach science focused on her science methods course, placement science teaching, and reflections as a first-year teacher. The authors studied the sociocultural contexts within which the intern learned, their affordances and constraints, and participants’ perspectives on their roles and responsibilities, and her learning.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2013
The current study examined how preservice teachers view the nature and role of creativity in light of the complexities of contemporary early childhood classrooms. Findings indicate that the vast majority of preservice teachers valued creative thinking. However, they voiced concerns over their own unclear understandings of how to support children's creative endeavors in complex classroom environments.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2012
This paper focuses on the teaching profession against the background of educationalisation in the Netherlands. This research project concentrated on the extent to which teachers, being key figures in the school organisation, understand their role as one that embraces a social in addition to an educational mission.
Updated: Nov. 27, 2012