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This exploratory study aimed to examine online teachers’ self-reported frequency and confidence in performing online learning tasks. The study compared between two groups of teachers. One group was comprised of teachers who had completed a comprehensive preparation program, the other group comprised of teachers who participated in a one-day face-to-face workshop. This study found no differences between those with extensive preparation for teaching online and those with only a basic understanding of the course design, the structure of online course materials, and expectations and responsibilities.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2015
Does Student Teaching Matter? Investigating Pre-service Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy and Preparedness
This study aimed to investigate how student teaching experiences impact the sense of teaching efficacy and feelings of preparedness of pre-service teachers in a nearly and elementary teacher education program. Findings indicate that pre-service teachers’ perceptions of preparedness and sense of teaching efficacy both increased significantly from pre-student teaching to post-student teaching. In addition, three themes emerged from the answers to open-ended questions on learning components of student teaching experiences: opportunity for hands-on teaching, the opportunity to observe experienced teachers, and the relationship with their cooperating teacher.
Updated: Jul. 07, 2015
This study examined the challenges encountered by student teachers during their practicum experience. They coded the data independently and found three major themes: 1. Student teaching is a very stressful period for preservice teachers, due to the workload and to student behavior issues; 2.The most positive aspect of student teaching is the formation of positive relationships with the mentor teacher and with students. 3. If given a chance to do so, few student teachers would change their experiences and are optimistic about their futures.
Updated: Jul. 01, 2015
Teachers' In-service Training is only the Beginning of A Road: Personal and Organizational Contexts of Teachers' Continuous Professional Development
The article describes a study that explores how teachers participating in PD courses perceive the qualities and benefits of such courses, and the variables that affect these perceptions. A secondary goal of the study was to determine whether it is possible to differentiate between variables inherent in the manner in which the courses are conducted and other variables. The study findings validate the strong connection between two key compounded variables affecting outcomes of PD programs: teachers' professional and personal motivation towards the program and the relevancy of the program contents to their needs. Motivation is further enhanced through the trainee's participation in the program, thereby constituting a major leverage for reaching the PD goals and achieving beneficial outcomes.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2015
Understanding the Lived Experiences of Novice Out-Of-Field Teachers in Relation to School Leadership Practices
This article presents a study, which aimed to investigate the lived experiences of these teachers, how principals’ understanding and leadership styles influence the lived experiences of novice out-of-field teachers, and what these lived experiences mean for school leaders. The article highlights perceptions of school leaders and novice out-of-field teachers about out-of-field teaching. It concludes with a discussion on the interrelationships between school leaders’ understanding, novice teachers’ lived experience and what it means for the teaching environment.
Updated: May. 12, 2015
This study aimed to address the expressed needs of recent teacher education graduates. In an effort to assist these new educators in meeting their professional development needs, this study designed free, voluntary workshops to target some of the issues. The participants were 56 undergraduate and graduate college students majoring in teacher education. They were divided to two groups: a treatment group and a comparison group. The findings reveal that as the conclusion of the semester, the treatment group’s perceived knowledge in this area significantly improved, more so than their peers in the comparison group. Furthermore, in general, student teaching experiences yield changes in its participants. Through their fieldwork experiences, the comparison group demonstrated significant overall gains, and most specifically in lesson planning and working with diverse students.
Updated: May. 06, 2015
The goal of this study was to explore teachers’ beliefs about students in the United States and if these beliefs evolve during the first five years of teaching. Findings from the present study indicate that teachers’ beliefs about students are positive and adaptive and become more cohesive and positive during the first five years of teaching, despite the challenges typically encountered by beginning teachers.
Updated: Mar. 31, 2015
The Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale: Confirming the Factor Structure with Beginning Pre-service Teachers
This study examines the fit between beginning pre-service teachers’ scores from the Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale in two different samples and two plausible rival models: 1-factor and 3-factor. The findings indicated that the 1-factor model resulted in the better fit within both samples. The findings suggest that preservice teachers who lack pedagogical knowledge and teaching experience do not differentiate between the different aspects of teaching measured by the TSES. Based on these results, the authors recommend using the total scale score as an indicator of pre-service teachers’ efficacy beliefs for teaching e at least for those pre-service teachers who have limited teaching experience and knowledge of teaching.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2015
This study identifies the influential variables for professional development as a teacher evaluation outcome from a teachers’ perspective. The findings reveal that the effect of the evaluation system on professional development is limited. The effects teachers perceive from the evaluation system on their professional development may be related to different characteristics of the evaluation system. The results of this study show that limited teaching experience, useful feedback and a positive attitude of the principal are the most important characteristics of the evaluation system. These characteristics are positively related to outcomes of the teacher evaluation system on professional development.
Updated: Feb. 09, 2015
The Genesis of Mentors’ Professional and Personal Knowledge about Teaching: Perspectives from the Republic of Ireland
This paper investigates the sources of mentors’ knowledge about teaching. The findings reveal that mentors’ knowledge about teaching is practice orientated and emerges from their professional experiences, their teaching skills, their pre-service teacher education and from their own personal experiences. The authors suggest that mentors require support to reflect on their early socialisation experiences and their attachment to practice-based experience as a source of professional knowledge, in this way they can better understand and carry out their role as mentors.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015