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Using Concept Maps to Elicit and Study Student Teachers’ Perceptions about Inclusive Education: A Tanzanian Experience
In this study, concept map exercises were used to trigger student teachers’ thinking about the inclusion of students with disabilities in the regular learning settings. The results show that the construction of concept maps by small groups of student teachers has the potential to engage students in lively discussions, and to contribute to creative and reflective thinking. An analysis of the content of the 134 maps that were constructed identified ten main themes about inclusive education. Three of the themes dealt with pupils’ well-being, particpation in school activities and learning. Two dealt with a teacher’s situation. Five dealt with school resources and policy issues.
Updated: Dec. 13, 2016
In this study, the authors examined mentors working with at-risk youth in a school-based mentoring program. The authors examined changes in mentor perceptions, motives, and efficacy. The findings reveal that mentors were highly motivated to gain experience. Mentors were less motivated to gain recognition and increase creativity. In addition to motives, the authors considered mentors’ expectations about the relationship. They found that mentors’ initial expectations were not related to mentor satisfaction with the experience, perceived costs or benefits, and time spent mentoring.
Updated: Oct. 25, 2016
An Examination of Teacher Education in Literacy Instruction and Candidate Perceptions of Their Learned Literacy Practices
The authors identified signature aspects of the programs that captured key elements unique to each institution and compared teacher candidate perceptions of learning with the expressed intentions of the faculty. Findings indicate some deficiencies across the institutions as well as many strengths and key attributes.
Updated: Feb. 28, 2016
The Relative Priority of Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge in University Second Language Teacher Education (SLTE) Programs: Perspectives of In-Service Language Teachers in New Jersey
This study examined second-language K–12 teachers' perceptions of the relative priority of conceptual teacher knowledge and procedural teacher knowledge. The data communicate a higher priority for procedural knowledge over conceptual knowledge. As is demonstrated in related studies, in-service teacher perspectives are nuanced on this issue.
Updated: Feb. 28, 2016
The Influence of Teacher Education on Mentor Teachers’ Role Perception in Professional Development Schools
This article examines the influence of the pre-service training on mentor teachers’ role perception in the Professional Development Schools (PDS). The perceptions of the mentor teachers were examined regarding the influence of their teacher education as student teachers on their role perception in the PDS, and whether a difference exists between the perceptions of mentor teachers who were trained to teach via different approaches. The opinions of the pedagogical instructors were also examined, regarding their opinion on the difference between the role performance of Locals and Newcomers. The findings reinforce the fact that preparing mentor teachers is important, especially, if they mentor in a different context from that with which they were once familiar when students themselves.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2016
This study examined the perceptions of preservice teachers regarding their support of the use of cell phones in the classroom, the benefits of specific cell phone features for school-related work, and the instructional benefits of and barriers to using cell phones in the classroom. The study also compared the perceptions of the preservice teachers classified as digital natives with those of the preservice teachers classified as digital immigrants to determine if there was a relationship between perceptions and age. The results indicated that although most of the preservice teachers were unsure about allowing cell phones in the classroom, they indicated that the devices’ calculator, access to the Internet, and audio player features provided instructional benefits.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2015
The purpose of this study was to better understand how preservice teachers’ participation in a technology-focused early field experience called Tech Club influenced their perceptions of teaching and learning. Findings highlight the importance of early field experiences and establish a rationale for providing preservice teachers early opportunities to practice with technology in authentic contexts.
Updated: Oct. 13, 2015
This study examines the perceptions of preservice teachers before and after using a set of video games as teaching and learning tools. Findings indicated that although a majority agreed that video games can support many specific teaching and learning tasks, many remain skeptical of their value in classroom settings, with many of those participants also doubting their ability to successfully integrate video games into their teaching.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2015
This study presents one instructor’s perceptions of her roles, focusing on her activities in a blended course. The results indicated that the instructor saw her roles primarily as pedagogical, managerial, social, and technical. In addition, the instructor indicated that she needed to change and adapt thoughtfully her previous teaching philosophy and methods to her students and the blended environment. As a result, her experiences with this new blended approach helped evolve her own pedagogy and professional practices both in face-to-face and blended course teaching.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2015
This study aimed to examine the participants' existent familiarity with literacy aligned technologies and the impact structured exposure might have on candidates’ reported knowledge of these tools. Furthermore, it examined which digital technologies candidates saw as most valuable in supporting student literacy development and whether level of licensure made an impact on their receptiveness to the presented technologies. This study has shown that teacher education candidates can increase their level of comfort with showcased technologies. However, candidates can be supported in their knowledge of these technologies through structured exposure to these tools. In addition, these candidates were considering how best to apply these technologies in their future classroom contexts to tap into the concept of new literacies and to support their students’ literacy development.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2015