Search results for: Education practice
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In this article, the author discusses the U.S. context for teacher education, the power of teacher preparation for transforming teaching and learning, and the current challenges for this enterprise in the United States. The author believes the central issue that teacher education must confront is how to foster learning about and from practice in practice. The author concludes that teacher education system in the United States the possibility of dramatically reforming teacher education and development. However, schools of education must hold themselves to a higher standard. Furthermore, teacher educators must be prepared to create partnerships with schools in their communities.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010
This paper deals with how the increasing use of notions such as ‘risk awareness’ and ‘blame’ in relation to school affects the daily work of Swedish teachers. The authors provide examples of how the introduction of the risk society and audit cultures encourages the creation of new strategies for coping. Two of these strategies concern the mediation of ‘safe school’ images and preventions in order to avoid future blame. The authors depict them as strategies of assurance and insurance.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010
In this study, the researchers investigated the possible relationship between mentoring and intentionality with respect to beginning teachers' intentions to remain in the profession. Beginning teachers who were matched by grade level, who received assistance with the supports investigated, and who met with mentors at least once monthly for the specified activities were more likely to commit to remaining in the profession than their peers who had received less support.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010
The purpose of this article is studying how leaders learn to cultivate mathematically rich professional development environments. The authors adapted two frameworks from classroom-based research to support leaders’ understanding of facilitation of mathematics professional development: sociomathematical norms and practices for orchestrating productive discussion. They describe the use of these frameworks in their work and argue for a third framework—the mathematical knowledge for teaching. 24 NW leaders and 12 SW leaders participated in the seminars developed by the authors.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2009
This article focuses on the status of teacher education and early childhood education in Pakistan. It analyzes planning issues in early childhood teacher education by examining education policies and existing practices in early childhood teacher education in Pakistan. Initiatives taken at public and private levels in Pakistan are also discussed.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2009
Cutting Your Losses: Could Best-Practice Pedagogy Involve Acknowledging that Even Robust Hope May Be Vain?
'Robust hope' was recently championed as fundamental to achieving educational utopias. Hope feels good and has utility in some circumstances. However, in other situations different motivations - positive (e.g. curiosity) or negative (e.g. frustration) - may offer greater pedagogical value. Robust hope may lead to: (1) failure; (2) an exacerbation of existing judgement biases; and (3) emotional reasoning. Hence, best-practice principles require that the net pedagogical impact of robust hope be assessed.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2009
The widespread and increasing use of cooperative learning is one of the great success stories of social and educational psychology. Its success largely rests on the relationships among theory, research, and practice. Social interdependence theory provides a foundation on which cooperative learning is built. The purpose of this article is to describe how social and educational psychology has contributed to educational practice.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2009
This paper analyses the trajectories into teacher education of a group of child minders who are studying to become pre-school teachers. The specific focus is what impact their prior experiences and learning from pre-school have on their trajectories. The paper also examine how these experiences and learning are recognized in the first year of teacher education.The results show that prior experiences and learning are given implicit and indirect recognition.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
Action Research for Educational Reform: Remodelling Action Research Theories and Practices in Local Contexts
The article examines how action research theories and practices are remodelled in local contexts and used to support educational reform. The article analyzes 46 publications from the period 2000-2008. It identifies five 'variations' in the globalized theory and practice of action research: action research in times of political upheaval and transition; action research as a state-sponsored means of reforming schooling; co-option of action research by Western governments and school systems to control teachers; action research as a university-led reform movement; and action research as locally-sponsored systemic reform sustained over time.
Updated: May. 14, 2009
Participatory Action Research: Contributions to the Development of Practitioner Inquiry in Education
Participatory action research (PAR) provides a framework for recapturing the potential of practitioner inquiry to bring about meaningful change. In this article, the authors briefly address the origins, purposes, values, and unique aspects of PAR. They then identify some of the contributions PAR can make to the common goal of improving educational practice and contributing to positive change in life.
Updated: May. 14, 2009