Search results for: Attitude change
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The purpose of this multi-case study was to explore the extent and nature of changes in elementary pre-service teachers’ beliefs, attitudes, and self-efficacy toward science and science teaching as a result of participating in a science methods course.
Updated: Feb. 28, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore factors contributing to the effectiveness of a mathematics content-focused intervention designed to nurture positive mathematical beliefs. Utilising interviews, concept mapping, workshop observations and document analysis, shifts in the mathematical beliefs of prospective primary teachers were revealed. The role of the mathematics education tutors was critical in contributing to the development of positive beliefs.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2016
The present study investigated the effect of a mathematics and pedagogy course focused on conceptual understanding on one class of U.S. preservice elementary teachers' beliefs about mathematical knowledge. The course used the Lesh Translation Model to build conceptual understanding through multiple representations. While the change in beliefs from the beginning to the end of the course was investigated, this study also specifically investigated the change in beliefs arising from session activities concerning division by fractions. The course combined difficulties that students can have when taught procedurally, shown with example video, and conceptual understanding that students can display when taught with well-structured activities.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
This article examined undergraduate pre-service teachers’ perceptions of their expectations, fulfilment of these expectations and the relevance of their coursework for classroom practices during three different practicum attachments. The results showed significant differences in their perceptions across the three attachments. The findings of the study are discussed in the light of implications for continued programme development and enhancements to the practicum component that can help to bridge the theory–practice nexus in pre-service teacher education, and contribute to the development of teachers’ professional competencies.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
In this study, the authors wanted preservice teachers’ (PSTs) to understand and recognize that their beliefs and stereotypes about math, along with their level of math anxiety, have a direct correlation to how they teach math, both positively and negatively. Negative math experiences lead PSTs to think they are not good at math. This lack of math knowledge and confidence then impacts the type of math teacher they become. In order to provide the PSTs alternative ways to teach math, this study implemented research-based practices aimed to math anxiety and change their negative beliefs and stereotypes. The authors found that PSTs loved the variety of ways math manipulatives were taught and used. This evidence suggested that the specific strategies utilized by the professor would have a positive impact on the PSTs’ beliefs and stereotypes about math, along with decreasing their level of math anxiety.
Updated: Feb. 02, 2016
The current study examines changes in attitudes, teaching efficacy, and concerns about inclusive education in a sample of 2361 teachers in Hong Kong who took a professional learning course about inclusive education. The results indicate that in all three areas of acceptance, teaching efficacy, and concerns about inclusive education, positive improvements were made as a result of training, although generally this improvement was strongest in areas that teachers felt were under their direct control.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2015
This paper presents a study on the development of the Finnish National Core Curricula for Basic Education (NCC), published in 1985, 1994 and 2004. This study aimed to extend the understanding of the role of the core curriculum in promoting literacy education. The analysis reflected on the basis of Finnish literacy education resting on curricula over 25 years old. The six changes in approach detected in curricula content over 30 years reveal that the educational orientations to literacy curricula have developed alongside the contemporary policy strategies and pedagogical trends of responding to increasingly complex diversity within schools. The author concludes that teacher education needs to focus on preparing teachers for future-oriented, proactive curriculum design.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2015
Student Teachers’ Development of a Positive Attitude towards Research and Research Knowledge and Skills
This study investigated the perceived development of student teachers’ attitude towards research and the development of their research knowledge and skills, after participating in an introductory course in teacher research. The findings reveal that the students perceived a positive development in their attitude towards research, especially in their opinions of the importance of research and their own capability of conducting and using research. This study showed a significant difference, as students described teacher research as more important in comparison to the extent to which they were planning on carrying our research or using it in practice.
Updated: Jul. 29, 2015
In this article, the authors focused on findings from qualitative research on the effects of action research by reporting two linked quantitative studies. The authors' first goal was to triangulate the findings from their quantitative inquiry with the results from qualitative studies in order to increase the generalizability of claims previously reported. Their second goal was to identify potential moderators of action research impact on teachers. The contribution of these two studies to the corpus of action research literature is twofold. First, the authors confirmed two important benefits of action research participation reported by qualitative researchers, improved teacher attitudes to educational research and increased self-efficacy. Second, they found moderators of the impact of action research that help identify conditions in which action research is particularly likely to benefit teachers.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2014
Changes in Understandings of Three Teachers’ Beliefs and Practice Across Time: Moving From Teacher Preparation to In-Service Teaching
The purpose of this article is to illustrate some of the ways the relationship between beliefs and practice developed among three early childhood/elementary teachers across three consecutive studies. The findings reveal that the three preservice teachers grew from being uncertain about their beliefs to understanding how their beliefs informed their practice. In this study, the participants reached a level of purposeful decision-making and were able to more clearly articulate their beliefs and related practices.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2013