Search results for: Reflective practices
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The purpose of this study was to explore how middle grades interns planned, conducted, and reflected upon their teaching practices as the result of conducting action research. The findings revealed that conducting action research engaged the participants in inquiry into their own practice. The interns realized that this process gave them the opportunity to question their existing personal beliefs and to reform their personal theories upon which change in practice could support effective student learning. Additionally, this process was a means to reflect upon and determine ways to change their teaching practices. These interns focused on the students and used assessments that would help them to learn how to assist all of their students, including those that were struggling. Finally, meaningful action research that involves critical examination requires a great deal of cooperation.
Updated: Mar. 04, 2015
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a programme on mathematics teaching carried out using reflective practice. While the study shows that the education programme generates high levels of satisfaction, pedagogical appropriateness and learning, its achievements in effectiveness are moderate. Although, in general, what is learned through teacher education is implemented in the classroom, it is done individually and without becoming a part of the culture of the school. The results show little evidence of the programme's impact on student learning.
Updated: Jan. 14, 2015
This article describes a project designed to improve the practicum in rural areas. The researchers placed pre-service teachers (PSTs) in two different moderated online discussion forums: an unstructured personal blog space and a structured threaded discussion forum where discussion topics guided them to reflect on their practicum experiences in relation to theoretical components of their studies. The findings indicated a marked difference in the contributions made to each form of online discussion with significantly greater participation in the unstructured blog format.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2014
This article uses previous research on beginning English teachers’ major concerns to frame the exploration of concerns faced by four beginning teachers. This article seeks to expand on that research by examining the concerns faced by four beginning teachers and considering the implications of those concerns for teacher preparation. The author concludes that in addition to those identified by the previous research, the four beginning teachers in this study dealt with adjusting to the teaching profession, accepting their students, and managing their emotions.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2014
This paper outlines the process of the self-study research which the author undertook on her work as a teacher in a primary school on the west coast of Ireland. The article examines how, through reflection on and thinking critically about her work, the author gained new insight and understanding of her practice and developed a new epistemology of practice. The author concludes that in the research process, she developed a new understanding around her digital projects such that she can now perceive them as processes for developing spiritual and holistic approaches to learning and teaching.
Updated: Oct. 02, 2013
A Bridge Over Troubling Waters: A Snapshot of Teacher Graduates' Perceptions of their Ongoing Professional Learning Needs
This article discusses a pilot university program of extended teacher preparation in Ausralia. The paper reports on the perceived professional learning needs of a group of graduates as they transition to teaching. The key findings indicate that these graduates are seeking ongoing support as they develop confidence in their canonical skills of teaching.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013
The authors have implemented a structured approach to developing the habits of critical reflection. The authors' attempts to incorporate into these pre-service teachers' learning the ‘practice’ part of reflective practice have included the development of different kinds of practical and applied tasks. In turn, their attempts to incorporate the ‘reflective’ part of reflective practice have involved the embedding in assessment activities of different scaffolds for metacognitive reflection.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
Reconceiving with Action Research: Working within and across Communities of Practice in a University/Community College Collaborative Venture
This study describes a collaboration between three teacher educators and two adult education staff on a grant-supported project bridging high school dropouts from adult education to employment. The teacher educators’ task of facilitating grant participants’ engagement with action research became confusingly challenging. The consultants engaged in ‘second-order’ action research to frame their process of reflective practice, thus deepening their understanding of the project’s complexity, the marginalization of adult education, and their adult education colleagues’ and other grant participants’ reflective practice. This shift in understanding, powered by their continuing reflective practice, precipitated a transformation of their theoretical framework.
Updated: May. 27, 2013
The author sheds light on how a practitioner-researcher engaged in narrative writing and how this helped in what is hereby termed a reflective odyssey. More specifically, the main focus here is how the very act of writing when keeping a personal journal can act as a catalyst for ongoing reflective thought.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2013
This article describes the experiences of a new teacher educator in a Graduate Teacher Programme in UK university. The author has examined some of her beliefs about teaching, in order to establish her own professional identity.
Updated: Nov. 14, 2012