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The purpose of this article is to assess the level of argument and content of student teachers’ reflective writings over the course of two semesters. The results showed that the mean argument levels of students’ reflective essays differed between the two consecutive semesters. The results indicated that it is important to encourage students to focus on the content of the justification, dialogue and transformative learning in their reflective essays.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015
Benefiting the Educator and Student Alike: Effective Strategies for Supporting the Academic Language Development of English Learner (EL) Teacher Candidates
This article details specific, research-based feedback strategies that the authors have found useful in working with and supporting the academic language development of English Learners (EL) preservice secondary teachers. These feedback strategies are organized and discussed in terms of the following four themes: focused feedback on student writing, focused feedback on oral communication, explicit modeling, and revision and assessment.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2014
The study raises questions about the pedagogy of initial teacher education, particularly in relation to the assumptions teachers educators make about the candidates they teach. The findings suggest that the prior knowledge that students bring to initial teacher education is both a resource and a challenge for teacher educators.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
This paper describes the findings from two focus groups conducted with preschool and elementary preservice teachers during which participants examined their attitudes towards writing that have developed over time and their plans for future writing instruction.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
The Situated Dynamics of Purposes of Engagement and Self-Regulation Strategies: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of Writing
This study proposes that motivation and self-regulation strategies are integrated in purpose-strategies action orientations, which are constructed through a situated and dynamic meaning-making process. The study presents a case analysis of one Israeli ninth-grade female student who engaged in a writing task. The findings suggest that the situated purpose of engagement should be an integral element in conceptions of self-regulation.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2011
This article presents the experiences of a Latina professor and a gay, Latino university student in a writing project for an elementary reading credential course. The project focuses on the student's negotiation of sexual identity in writing. The findings suggest that the power behind the written text can be transformational and healing. The act of writing, the environment, and the instructor contributed to the documented works of survival, hardships, strength, and love.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011
This article explores narrative inquiry practices in pre-service teacher education program. 30 teacher candidate participants participated in this 4-year longitudinal study. The study considers participants’ knowledge formation in becoming teachers, through writing and sharing of letters (with peers) of personal lived educational experiences, and personal stories of theory related to learning, teaching, and teaching practice over a significant period of time.
Updated: Nov. 29, 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
The article outlines how a theory of narrative can be used to deconstruct qualitative research texts. The authors’ goals in this article are twofold: First, the authors consider qualitative research within the framework of narrative. Second, the authors examine the ways in which narrative constructs can be used in teaching qualitative research. Although research texts are a distinct genre in comparison with works of fiction, the basic components of literary activity are similar. The authors discuss how the concepts of the narrative analysis can be used to teach qualitative research methods.
Updated: May. 09, 2010
The aim of this study was to explore the teacher educators' experience in writing a book. Eighteen experienced teacher educators, who completed their respective books, were interviewed individually or participated in a focus group discussion. The findings reveal that although the teacher educators had different motivations for writing and took various paths in their writing, they all view this experience as contributing to them cognitively, emotionally and in practice; teaching nourished their writing but was also influenced by and improved as a result of the writing. The authors suggest providing teacher educators with a supportive infrastructure - budgetary, editorial and managerial - in order to encourage them to write and publish.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010