Search results for: Classrooms
Page 1/2 18 items
The purpose of this article was to examine the characteristics of the challenges and rewards of the classroom assessment . This analysis revealed that educators must understand and analyze four facets or surfaces of classroom assessment including the obstacles, obligations, outcomes, and opportunities. The authors explained the characteristics of each facet and its influences on student growth, teacher development and institutional improvement.
Updated: Apr. 15, 2015
Classroom Culture, Mathematics Culture, and the Failures of Reform: The Need for a Collective View of Culture
The purpose of this study was to investigate the nature of classroom practice and how it is supported by the culture of a classroom. The primary participant in this study was an eighth-grade mathematics teacher renowned for being a good teacher whose teaching conformed to the intentions of the reform-oriented National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, with a particular emphasis on problem solving. The authors found that although Ms. Bryans appropriated some of the rhetoric and practices of problem-solving-based practice, her goals and assessment methods and most of her instructional methods were not consistent with common ideas of problem-solving mathematics.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2014
Interactive Group Activity: A Socially Mediated Tool for Opening an Interpretive Space in Classroom Research
The present article concentrates on the Interactive Group Activity (IGA) tool as a means of uncovering children’s meaning making following an extended period of learning. The IGA acts as a group assessment device underlining the socially mediated nature of children’s learning. This paper describes how the IGA tool evolved, gives its form and structure, argues for its affordances and suggests possibilities for its wider use.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2014
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
Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship in a Digital Age-Web 2.0 and Classroom Research: What Path Should We Take Now?
This paper discusses the characteristics of Web 2.0 that differentiate it from the Web of the 1990s. It describes the contextual conditions in which students use the Web today. Furthermore, the paper also examines how Web 2.0’s unique capabilities and youth’s proclivities in using it influence learning and teaching. A stronger research focus on students’ everyday use of Web 2.0 technologies and their learning with Web 2.0 both in and outside of classrooms is needed.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2009
Early childhood teacher education methods classes often emphasize the application of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP). In this paper, two contrasting classroom scenarios are provided to illustrate developmentally appropriate technology use (DATU), a new educational term coined by the authors. A five-element framework for guiding teachers toward DATU is explained.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2009
First-Year Special Educators: The Influence of School and Classroom Context Factors on Their Accomplishments and Problems
The purpose of this study was to more fully describe novice special educators' experiences by exploring their problems and accomplishments and the context factors within the classroom and school that potentially promote or constrain novices' professional development. The findings of this survey of 596 first-year special education teachers extend the literature by revealing the influence of classroom and school context factors on new teachers' accomplishments and problems.
Updated: May. 11, 2009
The article develops insights from Woodruff’s book (2001),'Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue' to discuss reverence in teaching. The purpose of the article is to understand spiritual dimensions of teaching by elucidating the cardinal and forgotten virtue of reverence. The study considers how the virtue of reverence is supported by appropriate classroom ritual and ceremony and discusses several examples of reverence and irreverence in classroom teaching. The authors conclude that to be reverent is to realize that we as humans are limited and imperfect, and the proper reaction to this state is humility, awe, and wonder.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2009
Metacognition (as a process) and metacognitive knowledge (as a product) are seen as important components of cognitive development and signs of intellectual maturity.The development of metacognitive knowledge is not, however, reserved for adult learners. The goal of this study was to examine what practices lead to successful self-reflection and promote metacognitive development in young learners.
Updated: Mar. 17, 2009
Festinger's classical social comparison theory deals with individuals' need to have accurate appraisals of their abilities and opinions. At the end of the 1970s and the early 1980s, however, researchers proposed that social comparison is not limited to self-evaluation. The paper reviews research conducted on social comparison processes in the classroom since Festinger proposed his theory of social comparison.
Updated: Mar. 04, 2009