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Detecting a Sustainable Mindset through Using Content Analysis of Teacher-produced Learning Journals
Having developed and piloted a professional development blended learning course for teachers of home economics with the purpose of promoting a sustainable mindset in their students, the authors used the written learning journals by the teachers during the 15-week course to detect various aspects of a sustainable mindset, which could be attributed to the course. They assumed that the learning journals of 19 participants might reveal reflections on sustainability, the pedagogy of sustainability, a positive association between sustainability and the pedagogy of sustainability, and the development of a sustainable mindset over the period of the course. The analysis confirmed that the participants reflected a great deal on learning and sustainability as the course progressed; revealing that a positive link between teaching practice and sustainability can be observed. However, the analysis also indicated some important concepts that might have been under-emphasised in the course.
Updated: Jan. 29, 2020
The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of international experiences on preservice teachers’ currently held images of the child through their photographs, journal entries, and seminar discussions. The results describe the changing images the preservice teachers developed of children and themselves as teachers.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2016
This study explored the achievement of preservice teachers when advice in the form of text and resources was provided based on students’ identified learning styles. The authors developed an online module to link prepared advice for the completion of course tasks to particular learning style preferences. The results point to the value of a learning style preference advice module as a scaffolding tool. Students’ assessment results when advice was provided were higher than when advice was not provided. Additionally, students believed the online module provided valuable information in understanding and applying content to the completion of course assignments. The findings show that coupled with feedback provided to students in other ways throughout the course, the online learning style preference module adds additional support to preservice teachers that may lead to increasing their understanding of course content and learning styles.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2015
This study examined whether and how writing their own reflections in open online reflective journals (ORJs) can encourage and support online learners to engage in self formative assessment and meaningful reflections. The study findings show that the open ORJs encouraged self assessment and provided opportunities for students to openly articulate what and how they were learning while also receiving formative feedback. Through the opportunities to interact with others (teacher and peers) within individual reflective processes, dialogic feedback and meaning making emerged to offer a constructive link between internal and external feedback.
Updated: Apr. 23, 2014
The present article describes an innovative capstone mathematics course that links college mathematics with school mathematics and pedagogy. In this article, the authors provide a brief description of Math 385 along with one group’s experience, and share preliminary analyses of the impact of the course. The participants in this study were 112 undergraduate students who were enrolled in the methods course during 2006 through 2009. The aspects of Math 385 indicated that students gained an appreciation of cooperative learning, seeing other students’ approaches to problems, and student-centered instruction.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2014
Reflective Journals: Making Constructive Use of the “Apprenticeship of Observation” in Preservice Teacher Education
In the author's introductory educational psychology course, students write biweekly journals reflecting on their own lived experiences in light of course concepts and ideas. In this article, the author shares typical journal questions and excerpts from the responses of two recent classes to show how students can engage journal questions at differing levels. The author discusses choice, respect, and agency as three essential conditions for effective use of student journals in preservice teacher education.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013
Challenges and Inspirations: Student Teachers' Experiences in Early Childhood Special Education Classrooms
The current study explores the potential challenges and learning opportunities that self-contained settings offer early childhood special education teachers in training. The participants were five early childhood preservice students seeking dual certification. Through an analysis of their weekly student teaching journals, the authors explored students' experiences in segregated early childhood special education classrooms and implications for teacher education.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2012
This study was conducted to reveal how students perceived their experience of preparing portfolios and the effects of the portfolio process on their learning. The participants were 35 fourth-year biology student teachers enrolled in the course ‘Assessment and evaluation’ in the Faculty of Education at Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey. Five themes were drawn from the analysis of the students’ written reflections in their portfolios, regarding how they perceived the portfolio process and its effects on their learning.
Updated: May. 07, 2012
Trajectories of Teacher Identity Development Across Institutional Contexts: Constructing a Narrative Approach
In this study, the authors explore the question, How can teacher educators make informed, responsible, and compassionate decisions about intern identity development? To do so, the authors offer narrative accounts of three secondary teacher candidates moving along identity trajectories with varying degrees and types of difficulty. This narrative approach can help teacher educators understand teacher candidates’ identity development as they move through the complex terrain of teacher preparation, anticipate issues that may arise, and better support teacher candidates on this journey.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2011
The goal of this paper was to analyze the disposition domains teacher candidates draw from as they think about their early teaching experiences. The authors used the ICM framework which composed of three disposition domains—intellectual, cultural, and moral-as a heuristic for analyzing teacher candidates’ open-ended journals. The data indicate that candidates who possessed the greatest awareness of their dispositions also had the greatest capacity to unpack their assumptions.
Updated: Sep. 25, 2011