Search results for: Instruction effectiveness
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Making Connections in Practice: How Prospective Elementary Teachers Connect to Children’s Mathematical Thinking and Community Funds of Knowledge in Mathematics Instruction
This research examines the ways prospective elementary teachers (PSTs) made connections to children’s mathematical thinking and children’s community funds of knowledge in mathematics lesson plans. The authors identified three distinct levels of connections to children’s mathematical thinking and their community funds of knowledge evidenced in PSTs’ work. Findings describe how these connections reflected different points on a learning trajectory.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2015
The authors evaluate the Team-Taught Cohort Model for preparing pre-service teachers to use technology in their classrooms. This model provides pre-service teachers with an opportunity to integrate technology into a unit based on strong educational theory and current research. The model also provides the pre-service teachers an opportunity to spend quality time in a middle or high school classroom with a mentor teacher while being supported and coached by a team of university faculty members in a technology-rich environment. Results indicate that the Team-Taught Cohort Model is successful in increasing pre-service teachers’ competence and confidence in technology integration in the classroom.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2013
Promoting Teacher and School Development through Co-enquiry: Developing Interactive Whiteboard use in a ‘Dialogic Classroom’
The authors explore the relationship between the use of interactive whiteboard (IWB) and the pre-existing and developing pedagogies of three teachers in a teacher–researcher collaborative group in UK. The authors focused on one teacher from this group and considered how the developing understandings of her became evident in her practice and influenced the group’s deliberations about uses of the IWB. This research indicates that teachers with approaches grounded in a good understanding of how to promote children’s learning will gradually and iteratively integrate the use of a new technology to serve their well-founded pedagogical intentions.
Updated: May. 08, 2013
An Alternative Research and Science Teacher Preparation Agenda for Urban Science Education: An Insider’s Call for a Focus on Success
There are some small urban high schools that have high levels of student engagement in science. Those schools who have created these effective environments for science show that it is only in the whole school context in which these effective science classrooms exist and the matrix of interactions organized by the teachers outside the science classroom that leads to this success.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013
Use of the Outdoor Classroom and Nature-Study to Support Science and Literacy Learning: A Narrative Case Study of a Third-Grade Classroom
The author describes a case study of an exemplary third grade teacher’s use of the outdoor classroom for meeting both state science and language arts standards. The data reveal that this teacher’s early life experiences supported her strong interest in science and nature in the outdoors and experiencing it with her children.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2013
The current paper discusses the potential positive and problematic influences of the National Early Literacy Panel report on prekindergarten and kindergarten classroom instructional practice. The authors support the instructional importance of the majority of the foundational skills identified in the NELP report. However, the authors argue that the NELP report is both insufficiently clear and overly narrow with respect to what preschool teachers should be focusing on instructionally in early literacy.
Updated: Jul. 05, 2011
Using Action Research to Engage K-6 Teachers in Nature of Science Inquiry as Professional Development
This article describes how the authors designed activities to assist K-6 teachers in conducting action research on their NOS instruction to enable them to better assess their students’ NOS understandings and the lessons learned by the professional development staff about this process. The data suggest that action research can be a valuable tool to engage classroom teachers in inquiry and to promote NOS instruction and assessment, thus changing how they taught.
Updated: May. 19, 2011
This study implemented a brief theory-driven autonomy-supportive intervention in university seminars and developed an observational checklist instrument to assess behavior change. Tutors who received brief training in autonomy-supportive teaching techniques showed significant increases from baseline in two important autonomy-supportive behaviors in their classes.
Updated: Sep. 05, 2010
This study reviewed eight studies. The goals of this study were two-fold: (i) to identify similarities and differences of peer coaching and (ii) to examine its feasibility and challenges in preservice teacher education. Peer coaching appears to possess unique advantages and have much value for preservice teacher education.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
In this article, the authors describe an innovative capstone course for preservice K-8 teachers integrating action research and a unifying theme in science. The goals of the capstone course are to increase student knowledge of the unifying theme, improve written communication skills, and introduce students to educational research. The analysis of action research reports demonstrates that students are able to connect their action research project results to previous research.
Updated: Dec. 24, 2009