Search results for: Primary teachers
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This article examines how future teachers perceive the acoustic contamination and its deleterious effects. It analyses their acoustic habits, with the aim of raising their awareness concerning this problem. The authors designed a number of activities, applied during a practical lesson, in which students evaluated some of their perceptions and attitudes towards noise, and recorded their hearing capacity. The results suggest that most students are unaware of the risks of many of their activities. However, the perception of noise as a contaminant and the appreciation of its danger increased in the students after the performing of the practice.
Updated: Feb. 24, 2015
This article presents a study, which examined the effectiveness of a specially designed intervention on chemical changes. The participants were one hundred and thirty Greek primary school teachers. The results show that pre-intervention, teachers were found to have a relatively limited ability in explaining chemical changes. The teachers also held a number of misconceptions similar to those of pupils. Post-intervention, teachers’ descriptions and explanations were found to be significantly improved. However, post-intervention, teachers seemed better able to manage the combustion of hydrogen and the heating of sugar, than the burning candle which had been studied in the course.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2014
Scientific Evidence as Content Knowledge: A Replication Study with English and Turkish Pre-service Primary Teachers
The current research reports a replication study in Turkey of an intervention originally carried out with pre-service primary teachers in England. The cohorts had different characteristics; in particular, their overall ability, their confidence in science and how they had been taught science at school were different. Following teaching both cohorts had increased their understanding of scientific evidence, and improved their ability to conduct an open-ended investigation.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013
The current study investigated the perceptions of 12 New Zealand first-year primary teachers regarding how their practicum experiences prepared them for starting teaching. The findings showed that, while the beginning teachers consistently viewed the practicum as being a key part of their ITE, their practicum experiences were not always helpful in supporting their move into teaching.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012
The Mathematics Education of Future Primary and Secondary Teachers: Methods and Findings from the Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics
The current paper reports on the Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M). The TEDS-M surveyed selected samples from four populations in teacher education systems: future primary teachers; future secondary teachers; teacher preparation institutions; and teacher educators. TEDS-M shows that it is possible to design sampling plans for teacher education that are sensitive to local conditions and meet high technical quality standards for comparative research. In conclusion, the authors recommend that teacher educators and policy makers should pay attention to the emphasis, kind, and depth of the opportunities to learn provided to future teachers.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2012
The purpose of this study was to determine the longitudinal changes in the attitudes of pre-service primary education teachers towards teaching as they progressed through training. The findings show that both positive and negative changes are observed in the attitudes of student teachers towards teaching during the teacher education period. Student teachers mention teaching practices, cooperating teachers, the training programme and supervising teachers as the reasons for these changes.
Updated: Dec. 13, 2011
This article provides an account of professional learning in action. The authors documented the experiences of three upper primary teachers as they engaged in reflection-on-action with the assistance of an academic mentor. Video-stimulated recall was used as a mechanism to encourage productive reflective practice. The results indicated that although it was a powerful medium for stimulating reflection, and the teachers indicated that it was a beneficial process, there was limited evidence to suggest that it resulted in substantial changes to their practices.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2010
This article considers the professional development of 75 primary and secondary teachers in Melbourne, who had been charged with the responsibility of leading the professional learning of their colleagues in their schools. To support these leaders in their roles, the Victorian state government’s Department of Education applied to the Pedagogy and Professional Learning Research Group at Monash University to develop and implement an appropriate Professional Learning program. The participants in the program reflected on their learning through the formalised process of case writing. The article offers insights into the journey of these educators of teachers as they have developed deeper understandings of what it means to be a teacher educator.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2010
Bringing Modern Languages into the Primary Curriculum in England: Investigating Effective Practice in Teacher Education
This paper presents the results of an investigation into the effectiveness of an initiative in a large education faculty in the North West of England. The initiative designed to ensure that all generalist primary teacher trainees on an undergraduate course are prepared to support the implementation of the UK government's National Languages Strategy in primary schools.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2009
District Professional Development Models As A Way to Introduce Primary-School Teachers to Natural Science Curriculum Reforms in One District in South Africa
The article reports on a study that examined whether district continued professional development (CPD) sufficiently prepared teachers for their classroom practice. Analysis of CPD models used with primary-school natural science teachers in a district in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa was conducted. Findings indicated that the district CPD models used with the teachers created several challenges that negatively impacted on the success of the new curriculum reforms.
Updated: Jun. 02, 2009