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This small-scale research study explores early career teachers' (ECTs) perceptions of factors shaping the quality of their early professional learning (EPL) experiences. Their perspective relating to curriculum change and its impact on EPL is considered. 14 early career secondary geography teachers in Scotland participated in this study. The data gathered indicate that departmental or faculty groupings can form the basis of post-induction support and play a crucial role in enhancing or constraining ECTs’ EPL and attitudes towards curriculum change.
Updated: Apr. 03, 2012
The present paper describes the efforts of a group of teacher educators in a university education department in UK used action research to examine their research situation, and what conclusions they reached. Four major themes were identified in the researchers' analysis: benefits from their collaboration; greater understanding of themselves as researchers; broadened research perspectives; and barriers to their own research and how they might be surmounted. All the researchers realized that collaborative action research helped them to see their situations more clearly and they felt stronger as a result.
Updated: Apr. 02, 2012
In this paper, the author argues that it is useful to look at three sets of relationships involved in gauging the impact of teacher education programs on P–12 student learning. These three sets are the impact of the teacher education program on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions; the impact of the teacher’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions on her or his practice in the classroom; and the impact of the teacher’s practice on P–12 student learning.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2012
This article reviews reform efforts and examines their implications for positioning America to address the economic, political, and social challenges of the 21st century. The author concludes that it is critical that we transform teacher education programs as part of the educational transformational process. Teacher education programs must be transformed to ensure that future members of the profession are prepared to teach, counsel, and lead our schools and communities in the 21st century.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2012
Dilemmas in the Implementation of Children’s Right to Equity in Education in the Swedish Compulsory School
The current paper analyses the effects of different kinds of decentralisation strategies on the implementation of children’s right to an equitable education in Sweden. This paper examines the complex and contextual nature and consequences of decentralisation and centralisation strategies in order to better understand the implementation of children’s right to equity in school practice.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2012
A Critical Analysis of Sustainability Education in Schooling’s Bureaucracy: Barriers and Small Openings in Teacher Education
In this article, the author reflects on his last 15 years of experience as an environmental education researcher and teacher education faculty member. Through the personal reflections of narrative inquiry, the author observes and interprets the changes he has witnessed and participated in at the state, university, college, and department level, and also on the bureaucratic forces. The author argues that such changes can begin with sustainability-responsive course revisions, and can connect to more significant changes in college and state programs and policies.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2012
Negotiating Implementation of High-Stakes Performance Assessment Policies in Teacher Education: From Compliance to Inquiry
In this article, the authors describe the strategic response of one teacher education program to the challenges of implementing a set of new high-stakes state teaching performance assessment policies. These state policy mandates were perceived by faculty and staff to intrude strongly on the integrity of local program values and practices. In a strategic effort to negotiate the tension between these perceptions and the institutional necessity of implementing the new policies, the authors developed an approach to policy implementation aimed at shifting the discourse of implementation from a focus on compliance to a focus on inquiry.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012
This article presents findings from an instrumental case study. The purpose of the instrumental case study was to examine the impact of high-stakes standards-based accountability reform on preservice teachers and what this means for teacher education. The data reveal that these candidates learned in their teacher education program that they had to incorporate Texas’s mandated curriculum into their teaching. However, their field experiences taught them that knowing how to teach the mandated curriculum and putting that knowledge into practice is a difficult task to undertake.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012
In this article, the author argued that the democratic promise of a just and equitable society embodied in the reforms is important; yet the particular principles about school knowledge historically classify and order reflection and action to shape and fashion what is possible and “reasonable” for participation. The notion of alchemy directed attention to the principles that translate and order what is taught. In this sense, the very system of reason that organizes school subjects is the political of schooling.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012
The Problematic Context of Mentoring: Evidence from an English Language Teaching Department at a Turkish University
The purpose of this study is to investigate the participants’ perceptions and experiences about the concepts of ‘mentor’ and ‘mentoring’. Six English Language Teaching Department (ELT) students, who were in the final year of their training and one English teacher who was the subject mentor of the students at the practice school participated in the study. The findings demonstrate that the students found mentoring useful, particularly in putting theory into practice, and working in an authentic teaching environment. However, the students obviously needed more critical, constructive, structured, and immediate assistance and feedback for their survival stage of teaching, which is an important responsibility of a mentor.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2012