Search results for: Classroom environment
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Professional Development That Works: Shifting Preschool Teachers' Beliefs and Use of Instructional Strategies to Promote Children's Peer Social Competence
The author examined the effectiveness of a professional development (PD) experience on preschool teachers' instructional strategy development. The preschool teachers were guided to design the specific contents of the PD workshops and were offered an on-site facilitation opportunity, delineating teacher-driven and job-embedded approaches, respectively. Findings suggest that teacher-driven PD workshops significantly increased teachers' perceived feasibility of implementing instructional strategies, and their actual use of those strategies was significantly influenced by job-embedded facilitations.
Updated: May. 28, 2013
This paper reports the development, validation and use of an instrument designed to provide teachers with feedback information, based on students’ perceptions, about their classroom environments. This case study helped the authors to gauge the extent to which action research based on students’ perceptions of the learning environment was useful in guiding teachers’ improvements of their classroom learning environments.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013
In conjunction with the social structures that shape one's sense of agency, neoliberal factors frame the context wherein teachers' develop their perceptions about incorporating critical multicultural curricula. In this research project, the author examined this intersection – between the local and the global – to better understand how teacher education can work to support and strengthen the possibility for critical pedagogy to be realized in teachers' classrooms. The findings indicate that structural obstacles undermined these teachers' ability to visualize and place aspects of social justice and diversity at the foundation of instruction.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012
The Impact of Induction and Mentoring Programs for Beginning Teachers: A Critical Review of the Research
The current review critically examines 15 empirical studies, conducted since the mid-1980s, on the effects of support, guidance, and orientation programs—known as induction—for beginning teachers. Most of the studies reviewed provide empirical support for the claim that support and assistance for beginning teachers have a positive impact on three sets of outcomes: teacher commitment and retention, teacher classroom instructional practices, and student achievement.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2012
The current article intends to examine the impact of discipline styles on a range of factors, including: students’ respect for the rights of others; their level of connection to peers/school; their general wellbeing; and how much they like their teacher and subject. The results showed that discussion, involvement, hinting, and use of recognition and rewards encourage greater levels of communal responsibility. The results indicate that these other strategies influence the results and consequences of punishment.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2012
The current study examines how two teachers in an inner-city elementary school have interacted successfully with African American parents to encourage their involvement in the academic efforts of their children. The article identifies five effective parental involvement practices emerged in each teacher’s story: reaching out to the parents, developing positive teacher–child–parent relationships, creating a positive classroom climate, teaching to involve the parents, and establishing community–school connections. The study found that these two teachers developed positive relationships with parents.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2011
The goal of this study was to identify high school teachers who were perceived by their students as creating classroom contexts that were particularly supportive of students’ motivation and learning, and to describe their practice. The participants were 2,864 students in Grades 9–12 from three high schools and 4 of their teachers. Analysis of the field notes suggested a model that consists of three core themes: supporting understanding, building and maintaining rapport, and managing the classroom. Within this framework, a number of the teacher practices described served more than one of these three functions, and some, such as teacher movement and the use of varied participation structures, served all three.
Updated: Oct. 24, 2011
Focusing on teachers’ work in literacy teaching, this article proposes some signposts to assist teachers in navigating in the multimodal classroom. Specifically, the study uses the influential conceptualization of literacy teaching in the multimodal context, the Multiliteracies Pedagogy Framework to examine 11 cases of literacy teaching from a range of contexts.
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011
How to Conduct Research on the Inherent Moral Significance of Teaching: A Phenomenological Elaboration of the Standard Repertory Grid Application
In this paper, the authors will set out in detail how, on the basis of the standard repertory grid application, they developed a repertory interview method. The method, which developed by the authors, can be used to collect data that could foster a thorough understanding of the inherent moral significance of teachers’ day-to-day classroom interactions.
Updated: Apr. 14, 2011
The current article examines the developing beliefs about classroom motivation of preservice teachers. The findings emphasize several issues: the importance of filtering prior beliefs, alignment and conflict of ideas, significance of self-motivating factors and power of emotions in developing beliefs about classroom motivation.
Updated: Apr. 04, 2011