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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
Struggling for a Professional Identity: Two Newly Qualified Language Teachers’ Identity Narratives during the First Years at Work
The purpose of this article was to examine how two newly qualified teachers constructed their identity. The findings reveal that the participants’ stories display two different experience narratives: a painful and an easy beginning. Despite the same teacher education programme and the same kind of working environment, these cases represented two clearly different ways of experiencing the induction phase. This study supports the idea of a violent impact that the induction period can have on teachers’ self-understanding. Understanding teachers’ induction from the perspective of a possible identity crisis can open up ways of supporting newly qualified teachers in their professional development, both during their teacher studies and during the induction phase.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2014
This article explores the experiences of secondary teachers in four London schools. These teachers participated in Teacher Learning Communities, defined as meetings in which professional learning was supported as they learned about Assessment for Learning (AfL). The author concludes that both AfL and Teacher Learning Communities rely for their success on sustained critical reflection among their participants, which can be inhibited where the above limitations apply.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2014
This article focuses on the professional and academic development of mid-career teacher educators from two universities in England. The objectives of the study were to analyse and compare the career experiences of teacher educators. Clear landmarks were identified in both contexts, with development in teaching seen as largely positive, while research development was much more varied.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014
Newly Qualified Teachers’ Reflections on the Quality of Initial Teacher Education in the Republic of Ireland
This article discusses the impact of initial teacher education )ITE) on teachers’ professional experiences around the classroom teaching and interpersonal relationships with colleagues and parents. This article also explores what areas newly qualified teachers (NQTs( identified as deserving more attention within college courses. This article discusses the findings of a large scale mixed-methods research conducted on a variety of early professional experiences of beginning primary teachers in the Republic of Ireland. The findings reveal that majority of the sample expressed that they generally felt well prepared for teaching and carrying out teaching duties through their first year in practice. In addition, majority of preservice teachers identified teaching practice as the most important element of the ITE course. However, majority of the beginning teachers identified teaching methods as the most important element of the ITE course.
Updated: Oct. 06, 2014
Research Engagement as Identity Construction: Hong Kong Preservice Teachers’ Experiences of a Compulsory Research Project
This study examined the experiences of a group of six preservice English language teachers in Hong Kong as they prepared for, engaged in, and reflected upon a compulsory research project during the final year of their Bachelor of Education degree program. The article discusses the experiences of these preservice teachers in terms of the construction of their teacher identities. The findings illustrate the identity conflicts the preservice teachers experienced as their research engagement required that they cross institutional and educational boundaries to confront, question, and reject various identity positions, including ‘student teacher’, ‘full-time teacher’, and ‘teacher-researcher’. The article concludes that the lens of teacher identity can provide insights into how student teachers’ perceptions and experiences of research shape and are shaped by their understandings of themselves as teachers.
Updated: May. 07, 2014
Who Teaches Mathematics Content Courses for Prospective Elementary Teachers in the United States? Results of a National Survey
The goal of this research was to answer the question, ‘‘Who teaches mathematics content courses for prospective elementary teachers at colleges and universities in the United States, and what are these instructors’ academic and teaching backgrounds?’’ The authors decided to conduct a survey of all higher institutions in the United States. They surveyed 1,926 institutions, and a faculty member from each of 825 institutions participated in the survey. The survey results point out that most institutions are not meeting the recommendation of requiring prospective elementary teachers to complete nine credits hours of mathematics content courses designed specifically to support them in thinking carefully about elementary mathematical ideas.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2014
Making Learning the Object: Using Cultural Historical Activity Theory to Analyze and Organize Student Teaching in Urban High-Needs Schools
In this article, the authors are interested to articulate what preservice teacher's account suggests about the struggles of teacher educators to provide sufficient and sufficiently strategic support for PSTs’ field-based learning. The authors conclude that conceiving of student teaching as an activity system requires that they think of student teaching in contextually sensitive ways, set clearer learning goals, and remediate in relation to them so that preservice teachers will be able to do the same for the students they serve.
Updated: Apr. 09, 2014
This article considers the impact of recent political decisions on the provision of teacher education and the continuing development of teachers in England. The author tracks how successive governments have changed the requirements necessary to become a teacher as circumstances have changed in the country. The author also considers the impact of these changes on higher education institutions.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2014
The purpose of this study is to disclose the types and content of dilemmas teacher educators in Turkey faced with as well as the strategies they used to cope with them. Additionally, the findings were compared with datasets from Israel and The Netherlands in order to make cross-cultural comparisons. The findings indicate that teacher educators are concerned with improving their pedagogy and professionalism in teaching for teaching, with a prime concern for being an initiator of learning. The comparison of the findings reveals that the theory–practice-related dilemmas are among the most prominent across contexts. Furthermore, the comparison's findings reveal that while Israeli and Dutch educators express a preference for the involvement of their students as a strategy to cope with their dilemmas, Turkish educators seem to be coping with them either on their own or by seeking advice from their colleagues.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2014