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This study examines pre-service teacher research in a nine-month teacher education programme, implemented as a means of making explicit links between research and practice. The results reveal that although student teachers expressed significant concerns about having to develop a research question, they conferred with and developed questions in conjunction with their associate teachers. However, they also indicated that support from the associate teacher presented a significant challenge. Furthermore, the results reveal that understanding a research disposition to be integral to teaching proved to be a significant conceptual challenge amongst some of the pre-service teachers and associate teachers.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014
The current study is a comparison of PhD and EdD dissertations from 1997 to 2010 in the content area of special education on the variables of research design, statistics, target populations, significance of results as well as the age and exceptionality category of participants. No differences were found in the percentage of dissertations in special education for type of degree by gender and type of research by degree type.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
The Professional Learning Community as Subversive Activity: Countering the Culture of Conventional Schooling
The objective for this study was to gain new knowledge about the experience of teachers in the early stage of professional learning community (PLC) development. This study reports findings from semi-structured focus group interviews with teachers in an urban/suburban high school after one year of school-wide professional development introducing the PLC as a school-wide practice. The authors conclude that The authors claim that as long as PLC work is perceived by teachers as a professional development option that they may choose to embrace or ignore, then systemwide change is unlikely to occur. The authors suggest that by establishing an urgent cause, the leader may then offer assistance to the staff in addressing the problem in the form of an initiative to cultivate collaborative reflective practice with the goal of transforming the school into a PLC.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2014
This article reports on the findings of the three‐year evaluation of the impact of the laptops on the work of secondary teachers in New Zealand. The findings indicate that school leadership has been pivotal to the provision of the technological infrastructure and organisational support needed for teacher use of the laptops. The findings of the study suggest schools are advised to consider how to support teachers to work collaboratively to share expertise as a way of supporting and extending teacher use of laptops.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2012
This article reports on a study which sought to understand the experience of teachers who have responsibility for leading professional learning in their schools. The first part of the article describes the Leading Professional Learning program designed by Monash University. The program aimed to build teachers’ capacity to lead professional learning within their school settings. The second part of the article analyses the cases written by program participants. The analysis reveals important facets of the relational and emotional dimensions of leading professional learning in schools.
Updated: Aug. 21, 2012
Preparing Teacher Leaders: Perceptions of the Impact of a Cohort-Based, Job Embedded, Blended Teacher Leadership Program
This study was designed to examine teachers’ and principals’ perceptions of the impact of a graduate program designed to prepare teacher leaders. Impact was investigated through interviews with 20 graduates and 6 principals. the study documents perceived transformation of teachers’ frames of reference: two related to teaching, and two related to leadership.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012
Stimulating Professional Learning through Teacher Evaluation: An Impossible Task for the School Leader?
This study explores the importance of transformational and instructional leadership for the feedback utility and teachers’ professional learning. The results showed that active leadership supervision directly influences the feedback utility and teachers’ professional learning.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2012
Career Pathways: Does Remaining Close to the Classroom Matter for Early Career Teachers? A Study of Practice in New Zealand and the USA
This paper presents a case study of an early career teacher in order to illustrate and provide a platform from which to consider two teacher leadership roles – the consulting teacher in Maryland, USA and the specialist classroom teacher in New Zealand. The case study presented in this article show how teachers can be mobilized to accept the leadership of their colleagues when their talk is about learning.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2012
A Completed Research and Development Work Project in School: The Teachers’ Learning and Possibilities, Premises and Challenges for Further Development
This paper is based on a follow-up study of a research and development work project with school leaders and teachers conducted in a lower secondary school in Norway. The goal of this article is to present an understanding of what the practitioners find they have learned during the project and how they experience the situation with regard to development about two years after the project has ended.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2011
The current evaluation study investigated the results of a professional development initiative for subject specialist teachers seconded to a leadership role in their curriculum areas. The authors used a mixed method approach utilised both quantitative and qualitative data to investigate understandings of the pilot programme from three perspectives: (a) the Senior Subject Adviser ; (b) the managers of the School Support Services hosting the Senior Subject Adviser in their regions; and (c) the teachers whom Senior Subject Adviser supported.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2011