Search results for: Teacher effectiveness
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Intercultural Learning in English as Foreign Language Instruction: The Importance of Teachers’ Intercultural Experience and the Usefulness of Precise Instructional Directives
This paper focuses on the teaching of intercultural topics in the context of English as a foreign language (EFL) at German schools. The article presents the results of an analysis of data from a larger study. The study examined the intercultural experience of teachers and observable aspects of instruction. The findings reveal the impact of teachers’ intercultural experience on the quality of their intercultural instruction.
Updated: Apr. 14, 2011
Efficacy Beliefs of Special Educators: The Relationships Among Collective Efficacy, Teacher Self-Efficacy, and Job Satisfaction
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between teacher self-efficacy, collective efficacy, and job satisfaction among special education teachers. The study further sought to examine any differences that may exist between teachers in different settings, of various certification types, and of varying teaching levels. The participants were seventy special education teachers. Results showed relationships between both teacher self-efficacy and job satisfaction, and teacher self-efficacy and collective efficacy existed.The implications of this study are that improving levels of teacher self-efficacy could improve levels of job satisfaction.
Updated: Jan. 09, 2011
Do Digital Divisions Still Persist in Schools? Access to Technology and Technical Skills of Teachers in High Needs Schools in the United States of America
The goal of this article is to examine whether there is any indication of current differences in technology access, skills and classroom integration practices as reported by teachers participating in an online professional development initiative. The researchers found that, while significant differences existed between teachers in high need and non-high need schools in the USA, context is a vital component of considering any persisting digital divides.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2010
Getting from Here to There: The Roles of Policy Makers and Principals in Increasing Science Teacher Quality
In this study, the authors focus on the professional perspectives and actions of federal and state policy makers and school principals as they address the problem of science teacher quality. Findings suggest that both policy makers and principals prioritize increasing incentives for teachers entering the science teaching profession. The authors conclude that the work of the principal and the policy maker are both necessary to increase science teacher quality though neither is sufficient in and of itself.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
When Being Able is not Enough. The Combined Value of Positive Affect and Self-Efficacy for Job Satisfaction in Teaching
The authors examine the hypothesis that teaching effectively does not in itself guarantee satisfaction: positive affect and self-efficacy beliefs are needed. Hence, this study examines how good strategies and praxis interplay with positive affect and self-efficacy to determine a teacher's job satisfaction. Self-assessment scales, designed to assess the use of efficient teaching strategies and praxes, self-efficacy in teaching, positive affect and job satisfaction, were completed by 399 teachers.
Updated: Sep. 05, 2010
This article considers the implications of mentoring for the discursive formation of professional identities of newly graduated teachers in Victoria, Australia. The paper draws attention to the effects of mentoring as conceived in this context on the construction of new teacher identities, the close relationship between professional standards and mentoring, the relationship between mentoring and the performative culture of schools, and what it means to be ‘a good teacher’ within this culture.
Updated: Sep. 05, 2010
The purpose of this study was two-fold: (1) to test the factor structure of a recently developed Norwegian scale for measuring teacher self-efficacy, and (2) to explore relations between teachers' perception of the school context, teacher self-efficacy, collective teacher efficacy, teacher burnout, teacher job satisfaction, and teachers' beliefs that factors external to teaching puts limitations to what they can accomplish. Norwegian teachers in elementary school and middle school participated in this study.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2010
This study identifies practices of effective teachers of writing. Three schools with significantly higher achievement in an area that underperforms nationally were identified and within them teachers whose students exhibited superior progress were selected. This article argues that student achievement in writing is likely to be higher when teachers exhibit strengths in these hallmarks.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010
A New Look at Preservice Teachers' Conceptions of Classroom Management and Organization: Uncovering Complexity and Dissonance
This study examines preservice teachers' conceptions of classroom organization and management in light of their training and beliefs about good teaching. Students in their final year of a 5-year program discussed their definitions and conceptions through an open-ended questionnaire. Respondents exhibited a preoccupation with behavior management previously recognized in other studies; however, findings also revealed underlying conflicts between respondents' theoretical orientations and conceptions of management, a lack of attention to developing student independence, and a conceptual schism between organization and management.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010
A HOUSSE Built on Quicksand? Exploring the Teacher Quality Conundrum for Secondary Special Education Teachers
In this study, the authors focus on one highly contested provision of the No Child Left Behind Act, which allows states flexibility in how the quality of teachers is defined and evaluated: the high, objective, uniform state standard of evaluation (HOUSSE) option. The authors conducted a national survey of representatives from each state to explore how HOUSSE is being interpreted for secondary special education teachers. Findings indicate that significant variability in the interpretation and implementation of the HOUSSE provision exists across states and that numerous challenges with the implementation of federal teacher quality requirements persist and difficulties with holding districts accountable for teacher quality provisions.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2010