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Pre-service Biology Teachers’ Perceptions on the Instruction of Socio-scientific Issues in the Curriculum
This paper represents a preliminary attempt to address the role of teachers in supporting students’ learning on socio-scientific issues by characterising pre-service biology teachers’ perceptions and adaptation of curriculum and identifying factors that serve to mediate this process. The results indicated that the teacher candidates perceived a need to address SSI positively. Pre-service teachers had moderate personal teaching efficacy beliefs related to teaching about SSI.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013
This study examined the primary school principals’ perceptions of ‘trust’ in their mentoring experiences at different career phases. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used in the study. The Primary School Principals’ Mentoring Questionnaire previously developed by the researchers was applied to 1462 primary school principals in Istanbul. As a follow-up study, focus groups were carried out with 50 school administrators at various career phases. Results of the study showed that in different career phases, trust played a crucial role in maintaining the collegiality in the principals’ mentoring experiences.
Updated: Oct. 17, 2010
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the National Education Association (NEA) published in 2006 the “Online teachers’ perceptions of online teaching standards”. Interviews with two teachers from each of the four online schools were studied following an online survey of 49 online teachers from these schools. Overall, participants reported that both sets of standards as being important but found the NEA standards to be slightly more relevant to their practice. The article concludes with recommendations for policy and research.
Updated: Oct. 12, 2010
The Relationship Between Preservice Early Childhood Teachers’ Cultural Values and their Perceptions of Scientists’ Cultural Values
The current article describes research that compares preservice early childhood teachers’ cultural values and the values they believe are held by scientists. Using the Schwartz Values Inventory (SVI) (Schwartz , 1992) preservice early childhood teachers cultural values were assessed, followed by an assessment of the values they believed were held by scientists. Paired T-tests indicated significant differences between preservice early childhood teachers’ cultural values from those they believed scientists held on the domains of power, achievement, stimulation, benevolence, conformity, and security.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
“You Can Form Your Own Point of View”: Internally Persuasive Discourse in Northern Ireland Students’ Encounters With History
In this study, the authors sought to understand how students in Northern Ireland make sense of competing approaches to history, and in particular, how they understand the relationship between the approaches they encounter in school and elsewhere. Using qualitative, task-based interviews, the authors interviewed 253 secondary students. The authors found that these students had learned about the past in a variety of formal and informal settings, and they navigated among these multiple sources in a conscious attempt to refine and extend their historical understanding as they followed up on interests initiated in one setting by seeking out information elsewhere.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
(E)pistemological Awareness, Instantiation of Methods, and Uninformed Methodological Ambiguity in Qualitative Research Projects
This article examines epistemological awareness and instantiation of methods, as well as uninformed ambiguity, in qualitative methodological decision making and research reporting. Through an analysis of researchers' decision junctures drawn from studies published in high-impact education journals in 2006, the authors illustrate current methodological awareness and instantiation of methods in the field of education research.
Updated: May. 09, 2010
The aim of this study was to explore the teacher educators' experience in writing a book. Eighteen experienced teacher educators, who completed their respective books, were interviewed individually or participated in a focus group discussion. The findings reveal that although the teacher educators had different motivations for writing and took various paths in their writing, they all view this experience as contributing to them cognitively, emotionally and in practice; teaching nourished their writing but was also influenced by and improved as a result of the writing. The authors suggest providing teacher educators with a supportive infrastructure - budgetary, editorial and managerial - in order to encourage them to write and publish.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010
Teachers' Perception of the New Teacher Evaluation Policy: A Validity Study of the Policy Characteristics Scale
Teachers' perception of the educational policy is vital to understand the success or failure of the policy's implementation. In this article, the authors describe the development and use of the Policy Characteristics Scale to measure teachers' perception of a new teacher evaluation policy. Implications for policy makers and school leaders are discussed.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2009
This mixed method study examined how elementary school teachers define and use rewards in their classrooms and how various motivational constructs such as goal orientation, self-efficacy, and autonomy relate to teachers' use of rewards. Results revealed that all teachers in the sample use some form of rewards in their classrooms and the majority use some form of tangible rewards.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2009
The Secrets of Successful Veteran Biology Teachers: Metaphors of Evolution, Regeneration, and Adaptation
Voices of veteran junior high and high school biology teachers are seldom heard. The purposes of this study are (1) to enhance the understanding of personal and contextual factors influencing veteran teachers' career choices; (2) to create veteran teachers profiles; (3) to examine their survival strategies; and (4) to find out what the education system needs to do to enjoy successful their possible contributions. The findings revealed three types of survival strategies: (1) adapting, transforming teachers; (2) non-transforming teachers; and (3) regenerated teachers.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2009