Search results for: Theory-praxis gap
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This study aimed to understand how a journal club, which is used in the science and medical fields to connect theory to practice, could be used in teacher education to reduce the theory–practice gap. The authors argue that the journal club incorporated the three characteristics of a community of practice: learning, meaning, and identity. As the participants presented, discussed, and tied the articles they chose to their practice, their initiative to make the journal club a site for learning grew (enterprise), they grew to respect and trust one another (mutuality), and they became more aware of how participation in the journal club helped them to improve their practice (repertoire).
Updated: Nov. 11, 2018
Authentic Role-playing as Situated Learning: Reframing teacher Education Methodology for Higher-order Thinking
In this paper, the authors draw from situated learning theory and teacher education research to propose a teacher education pedagogy that may help to bridge the theory-into-practice gap for preservice teachers. The authors conclude that the experiences of their self-study of the pedagogy of Authentic Role-Playing as Situated Learning showed them that the act of teaching can indeed be demystified by modeling higher-order thinking and teaching within a situated performance role-play, with a robust meta-commentary and significant vulnerability. The authors now believe that vulnerability is an essential element of modeling; without it, they are merely demonstrators, not teachers of teachers.
Updated: Sep. 20, 2018
This article explores the ethical, methodological, and practical issues of translating critical theory and research into praxis through a case study analysis of a graduate capstone seminar that explored the familiar, and seemingly benign, concepts common to educational discourses. The author argues that while the data demonstrated that the teachers positioned their students as active, engaged, and thoughtful participants in their own learning process, three important points that speak to the seminar’s pedagogical objectives can be pulled from the data analysis. The three themes from the analysis of data stand in contrast to the seminar experience.
Updated: May. 10, 2017
A Narrative of Teacher Education in Canada: Multiculturalism, Technology, Bridging Theory and Practice
This article investigates a number of enduring and emerging themes reflecting teacher education in Canada over the past 40 years, including changes in information and communication technology, bridging gaps in theory and practice, English as a second language, French immersion and multicultural teacher development. The author describes the major changes and reforms that have shaped the past four decades of teacher education in Canada through the lens of a teacher educator.
Updated: Apr. 11, 2016
A ‘Partnership in Teaching Excellence’: Ways in which One School–University Partnership Has Fostered Teacher Development
This article reports on some of the factors that contribute to an effective partnership between an urban Australian university and a State Department of Education. The partnership entails as a key purpose the development of school Centres of Excellence which contribute to the preparation of pre-service teachers. Findings point to ways in which the partnership has enhanced pre-service teacher engagement and learning and also indicate ways in which partners in both institutions might further strengthen the partnership.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2013
This paper discusses the gap between theory and practice which has made teacher education a difficult enterprise. Central to the argument of the article is the presentation of a three-level model of teacher learning that helps to frame the relationship between practice and theory in a specific manner. Based on this model, the so-called 'realistic approach' to teacher education is described. The authors conclude that teacher education can make a difference, but that this may require a careful programme design.
Updated: May. 26, 2011
The authors describe the political circumstances facing new graduates of early childhood education (ECE) training programs and the discrepancy between the ECE curriculum they are exposed to and the realities of the field they enter. The article describes the efforts to create a new network of early intervention professionals in order to address some of the challenges facing early intervention in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2009
Valuing Practice Over Theory: How Beginning Teachers Re-Orient Their Practice in The Transition from The University to The Workplace
This article is about the experiences of beginning teachers in turning theory learned in universities into practice in the workplace. The article argues that, despite long-standing awareness of the theory-practice gap as a central issue faced by beginning teachers, attempts by teacher educators to address this issue remain thwarted. The argument draws on interview and focus group data collected via a study of 1st year graduate teachers of an Australian pre-service teacher education program.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2009
This article presents a theoretical critique of citizenship education in England and Wales, as a means of raising pedagogical considerations for teachers, and policy issues for curriculum makers and planners. Drawing on a range of recent empirical studies, the authors construct an analysis of practice and suggest that differences between dominant models of citizenship in England and Wales owe much to their histories.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2009
In 1997, Singapore's Ministry of Education (MOE) committed itself to an ambitious program of pedagogical reform in Singaporean schools in anticipation of the kind of institutional challenges that young Singaporeans were likely to face in the coming decades. Since then, the Ministry has designed and implemented a series of initiatives that will go a considerable distance to achieve its objectives. These initiatives focus on substantial changes in the system of 'instructional governance' in Singapore over the past decade, and efforts to change the pattern of classroom pedagogy. But the authors argue that these initiatives do not go quite far enough to close the gap between policy and practice.
Updated: Feb. 16, 2009