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Developing self-awareness using mindfulness meditation with preservice teachers: reflections on practice
Mindfulness offers a pathway for preservice teachers to develop self-awareness, which is an essential part of personal and professional growth. However, supporting teacher self-awareness is rarely given much attention in teacher education programs. The authors studied the use of mindfulness meditation in an early childhood college course with early childhood preservice teachers. This article reports the main findings that emerged from the students’ journals regarding the mindfulness meditation. Reflecting on the findings, this article suggests that educators need to provide meaningful learning experiences and activities, which could help their students develop the personal qualities necessary to teach with high self-confidence.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2020
This article proposes a rethinking of intercultural education in teacher education. It argues that discussion of the intercultural education of student teachers tends to have the following two gaps: one, such discussion tends to overlook student teacher education as a context for teaching intercultural education, and two, it tends to ignore the self of the teacher educator. This article aims to address both gaps.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2016
The purpose of this case study is to investigate the professional mathematics teacher identity (PMTI) of prospective teachers in terms of how the individual perceives her professional identity and how that identity is actualised in the classroom. The participants were required to discuss and describe their own PMTI in terms of three aspects: mathematics specialisation, teaching-and learning specialisation, and caring. Subsequently, they were observed in the classroom, where the actualisation of their PMTI was considered in terms of the same three. These prospective teachers demonstrate that while they may certainly be teaching who they are, this is not necessarily who they think they are. They may believe that they are Mathematics Specialists, Teaching-and-learning Specialists, and Carers, but when they are observed at work in the classroom these specialisations are not necessarily, or at least not consistently evident.
Updated: May. 17, 2016
The Teacher I Wish to Be: Exploring the Influence of Life Histories on Student Teacher Idealised Identities
The present article examines the influence of life histories and apprenticeship of observation on the formation of student teachers’ idealised identities. Through eliciting from the student teachers the teacher they wish to be, this article focuses on the interplay between the personal histories and ideal teacher identities for the future.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2015
Educational Developers As Researchers: The Contribution of Insider Research to Enhancing Understanding of Role, Identity and Practice
The aim of this article was to explore the experiences of insider researchers and to draw comparisons between that role and the role of the educational developer, noting in particular the ambiguity of an ‘in-between’ existence that is common to both roles. The article illustrates how five aspects of insider research: proximity, multiple roles, internal politics, ethics and voice, may enable these tensions to be viewed from a different perspective. The author concludes that both insider researcher and educational developer are required to adopt a balancing act to function effectively and constantly need to reflect on their position to maintain the validity of their activities.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2015
In this article, the authors examined factors that facilitate or hinder teachers’ and teacher’s aides’ pursuit of college education. Results revealed that both structural and psychological factors are associated with teachers’ and teacher’s aides’ enrollment in college. However, the authors found that the only practical obstacles were related to enrollment were full-time employment and lack of child care for mothers of children under 14. They also found that beliefs about education and motivation were critical for enrollment as well as social support from parents. The authors suggests that colleges and universities that serve low-income working women could develop child care options for them while they are attending class.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2015
This study addresses the struggles White preservice English teachers’ experience in making sense of unfamiliar ethnicities in narrative forms and how this frustration might be mediated. Findings reveal a keen interest in understanding and engaging with multicultural literature among participants coupled with a persistent hesitation to include it and related conversations of race in their instruction. Participants opened themselves to learning more about others but struggled to implicate themselves in the transfer of new knowledge to teaching practice.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2015
Towards Post-intercultural Teacher Education: Analysing ‘Extreme’ Intercultural Dialogue to Reconstruct Interculturality
The author explores the impact of a course on ‘multicultural education’ given to a cohort of ‘local’ and international student teachers studying to become Newly Qualified Teachers. The methodology rests on the use of a documentary on ‘extreme’ intercultural dialogue that the students discussed at the end of the course. The author hypothesises that the documentary, which is often conflictual, would help him to evaluate the students’ learning and how they discuss and problematise such a case of ‘intercultural dialogue’ in education and relate it to their future practice.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2015
This article examines white resistance to racial self-understanding. The author analyzes the relation between white racial identity development theory, appeals to racial discourses and themes, and the psychic need to defend against perceived threats to identity. The aim of the study is to develop a conceptual approach that can inform the thought and practice of antiracist educators who seek to develop effective instructional strategies for teaching white students about racial privilege.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2015
Shifting Codes: Education or Regulation? Trainee Teachers and the Code of Conduct and Practice in England
This article examines how trainee teachers aligned themselves with the GTCE Code of Conduct and Practice. The authors used Q-methodology to identify trainees’ underlying subjectivity in relation to statements from the code. The findings revealed that trainees represented a highly homogenous group who were able to prioritise undifferentiated transgressions in very similar ways. This research has shown that within the sample of this enquiry those entering teacher training generally represent a homogenous group whose ethical values and underlying subjectivity are consistent with both the profession and GTCE. Trainees in the early stages of their training already recognise, prioritise and align themselves with those ethical issues that one would expect both the GTCE and profession to prioritise.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014