Search results for: Reflective teaching
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Understanding our Learners and Developing Reflective Practice: Conducting Action Research with English Language Learners
This paper examines the ways in which action research projects can be used to socialize teachers to the teaching of English language learners (ELLs) as well as help these teachers develop reflective practice. The study explored the teachers' statements about the impact of the course work and the projects on their teaching and their beliefs about teaching ELLs.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2009
Research indicates that empowering future teachers as reflective professionals requires teacher education programmes to structure learning experiences that model reflective practice and facilitate the development of engaged learning communities. Through case study research this group of preservice teachers was able to gain a contextual understanding of early adolescents that not only impacted their perception and understanding of the target age group, but also allowed them to negotiate their preconceptions.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2009
This action research study describes the incorporation of a video-editing activity in an 'Introduction to Reflective Teaching Practice' course. Key features of the video-editing activities included (1) active videotaping of preservice teachers' field teaching by university supervisors, (2) self-directed video review by preservice teachers to support writing a reflective lesson analysis, (3) selection and editing of video vignettes by preservice teachers to illustrate their written reflections, and (4) posting of video vignettes on the students' electronic portfolio pages. 16 preservice teachers participated in this study.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2009
Prospective Teachers’ Reasoning and Response to A Student’s Non-Traditional Strategy When Dividing Fractions
This study examined the reasoning and responses of prospective elementary and secondary teachers to a student’s non-traditional strategy for dividing fractions. The authors used a teaching-scenario task to explore the teachers' reasoning and responses. Six categories of reasoning were constructed, making a distinction between deep and surface layers. The connections between the participants’ reasoning, their teaching response, and their beliefs about mathematics teaching were investigated. The authors found that there were not only differences but also similarities between the prospective elementary and secondary teachers’ reasoning and responses.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2009
The authors investigate the methodological possibilities of dual observation and 'inter-reflexive' interpretation as they have experienced this in a longitudinal ethnographic case study of music teaching and learning in an English Cathedral Choir School. The authors' goal is to understand the ways in which their particular historical, social and cultural perspectives lead them to partial yet complementary sensings, seeings, hearings and feelings in this setting.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2009
The demographics of classroom teachers and teacher educators do not mirror the diversity found in today's schools. As we prepare preservice teachers to be quality educators for all students, we must work to ensure that they are examining issues of equity and diversity that will affect those they teach. The article examines this challenge from the author's perspective as a teacher educator. Through self-study research, the author considers how she, as a white, female, middle-class teacher educator, attempted to help preservice teachers to think beyond their own experiences. In the end, what she categorized as a strictly intellectual pursuit uncovered something much deeper: the impact of emotion on learning in a university classroom.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2009
This paper presents an effort to support reflective practice of teachers in the outdoors. The teaching experience of five pre- and in-service teachers included preparation for teaching in the outdoors, designing learning materials, teaching elementary and junior-high school students in an ecogarden, and reflecting upon these teaching experiences. The authors suggest that supported field experience followed by individual and group reflection are promising in encouraging teachers to carry out outdoor learning activities.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2009
Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teachers’ Reflective Thinking Skills: Descriptions of Their Students’ Thinking and Interpretations of Their Teaching
In this study, the authors examined prospective middle school mathematics teachers’ reflective thinking skills. The authors' goal was to identify variations among prospective teachers’ descriptions of students’ thinking and frequency of their interpretations about how teaching affected their students’ learning. 33 participants responded to open-ended questionnaires or interviews that elicited reflections on their own teaching practice.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2009
The article maps out key features of self-study in teaching and teacher development, particularly in relation to social action. The authors have become increasingly interested in how self-reflexivity in teaching and teacher development can illuminate social and educational challenges that have resonance beyond the self and can inspire context-specific, practitioner-led responses to those challenges. The examples that they use point to the potential for ministries and faculties of education to support self-study initiatives as an approach to social action and community development.
Updated: May. 14, 2009
The study reports on the experiences of supervisors in a university teacher preparation program regarding their critical reflection on their practice. This has an impact on the learning opportunities available for their student teachers. This investigation focused on 3 university elementary supervisors and 12 teacher education students.
Updated: May. 13, 2009