Search results for: Students’ participation
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Supporting student teachers for a participatory pedagogy through Shier’s model of participation in Grade R (Reception Year) South Africa
Providing support to student teachers to implement participatory pedagogies is vital for understanding the importance of listening to children’s voices and involving them in decision making. At a local university in the Western Cape, South Africa, ten final year Foundation Phase student teachers studying toward the Bachelor in Education who enrolled in the Reception Year module participated in a project during work integrated learning using Harry Shier’s Pathways to Participation model in support of a participatory pedagogy. After the first session of work integrated learning, student teachers participated in focus group interviews guided by open-ended questions on their experiences using Shier’s model. Findings reveal that whilst student teachers were open to listening to children’s voices, they did not have the necessary opportunities in their training to listen to children. Students were restricted to the confines of a Grade R class dominated by mentor teachers who adopted a transmissive pedagogy. Student teachers also noted that children were not accustomed to having their voices heard and making decisions.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2022
The Beneficial Outcome of a Successful Mentoring Relationship: The Development of Inclusive Education
In this article, the authors present the mentoring relationship of two teachers at an urban elementary school in Paphos, Cyprus. The authors present how the mentoring relationship of two teachers resulted in the provision of a more inclusive education, not only regarding the two teachers involved in the mentoring relationship, but in the school in general. The data analysis led to the following two assertions: a) the mentoring relationship helped the new teacher to develop more inclusive practices, and b) the mentoring relationship helps in the development of a culture of cooperation between the new teacher and his or her mentor but also helps in the expansion of this relationship throughout the whole school.
Updated: Feb. 09, 2014
Capturing Unique Dimensions of Youth Organized Activity Involvement: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
This paper investigates the complexities of assessing involvement and focuses specifically on the following organized activity dimensions: (a) breadth, (b) intensity, (c) duration/consistency, and (d) engagement. A conceptual model is presented to describe issues that are important to consider when assessing various dimensions of organized activity involvement in future research.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2012
In this article, the authors bring together the fields of teacher education, authentic learning, and arts-based learning to articulate a means of enhancing pre-service programs. Specifically, this article documents and analyzes the process of engaging teacher candidates in an authentic learning experience of a musical theatre production.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2011
The current study of 54 articles from the research literature examines how argument interventions promote scientific literacy. Articles were classified across three domains to determine structural patterns of the various argument interventions. The three orientations toward argument instruction are discussed in light of the epistemic nature of science and scientific literacy. The orientations can serve as an opportunity to refine understanding of argument interventions, particularly with regard to the pursuit of scientific literacy.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2011
The purpose of this project was to review existing literature and draw on two longitudinal research studies to understand the functions and uses of silence in everyday classroom practice. This article seeks to add to educators’ and researchers’ tools for interpreting classroom silence. The author concludes that an understanding of the meanings of silence through the practice of careful listening and inquiry shifts a teacher’s practice and changes a teacher’s understanding of students’ participation. The author suggests that teachers redefine participation in classrooms to include silence.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2010
Student Participation in Activities with Influential Outcomes: Issues of Gender, Individuality and Collective Thinking in Swedish Secondary Schools
This article examines how students engaged in the democratic processes involved in the formation of an action group intended to influence their school by making it more environmentally friendly. The goal of this article is to acquire greater understanding of influential processes in relation to gender and both individualistically and collectively oriented ideas. These ideas include understanding of which students participate in such groups, the role gender plays in the likelihood of a student participating, how they act, and their experiences of participation. The article concludes that the group represents an arena for both individual and collective performance in which both individual and collective ideas are reflected.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2010
Do They Really Need to Raise Their Hands? Challenging a Traditional Social Norm in a Second Grade Mathematics Classroom
In an attempt to examine dialogue within a second grade classroom, students were encouraged to participate in whole-class mathematics discussions without raising their hands before speaking. Beneficial social and socio-mathematical norms developed in place of this traditional social norm. Effects of this change on the dialogue and written mathematical explanations of a class of second grade students are described.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
This article seeks to identify the ways in which participation in school classrooms is similar to and different from those described by Lave and Wenger, which have claimed that legitimate peripheral participation is a universal feature of situated learning. As a means to investigate situated learning as participation, the author focuses on one particular form of learning in school, which can be referred to as usual school mathematics.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2009
Teaching for Social Justice: Exploring the Development of Student Agency through Participation in the Literacy Practices of A Mathematics Classroom
This paper investigates written descriptions provided by students as they participate in a Year 7 mathematics classroom community of practice. Student descriptions are analyzed in terms of student participation in the literacy practices of their mathematics classroom and in terms of the sense of agency that participation in these practices afforded different students. Connections are drawn between the development of student agency in the mathematics classroom and teaching for social justice.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2009