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This study explored how Finnish university-based subject teacher educators perceive their professional identity as a small group within a larger social context and with a mixed background. The results show that the identities of the subject teacher educators studied here are reconstructed over time, from a subject teacher identity to the identity of a subject teacher educator as an educationalist. However, the subject teacher educators were perceived as educationalists or subject representatives depending on the institutional context. Although the present results indicate that the Finnish subject teacher educators experienced teaching as a central part of their duties, they saw the benefit of engaging in research.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2014
This paper describes the findings from two focus groups conducted with preschool and elementary preservice teachers during which participants examined their attitudes towards writing that have developed over time and their plans for future writing instruction.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
Thie goal of ths research project is two fold: first, this research aims at finding out how teachers talk about creativity at a school community level, and what they recognise as creative acts among pupils at the primary and secondary levels. Second, the research project's purpose is to investigate the role played by teacher conceptions of creativity in relation to promoting the creativity of pupils. The participants in this study were 14 teachers who worked at both the primary and secondary levels in Denmark. The author claims that teachers should be creative themselves experiment with their teaching whenever appropriate and in such a way that demonstrates to pupils how to work creatively.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2012
The current article highlights the components of comprehensive induction designed to help beginning teachers develop the skills for a more meaningful learning experience. The author observed at the New Teacher Project (NTP) in California as a case in point. The author concludes that accomplished, well-trained mentors also serve as teacher educators who can help shape a climate of transformational learning during induction.
Updated: Oct. 09, 2012
This study examined the primary school principals’ perceptions of ‘trust’ in their mentoring experiences at different career phases. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used in the study. The Primary School Principals’ Mentoring Questionnaire previously developed by the researchers was applied to 1462 primary school principals in Istanbul. As a follow-up study, focus groups were carried out with 50 school administrators at various career phases. Results of the study showed that in different career phases, trust played a crucial role in maintaining the collegiality in the principals’ mentoring experiences.
Updated: Oct. 17, 2010
This article describes three teacher educators’ treatment of antiracist pedagogy. The article combines self-study of teacher educators’ beliefs and practice and focus group research. The authors found that their beliefs and practices perpetuated and reinforced white racial knowledge. Finally, the authors propose three steps toward aggressively, yet tenderly, navigating and interrupting white racial knowledge.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2010
The purpose of this study was to contribute to and expand the scholarship on teaching and mentoring. The questions guiding this qualitative study were as follows: First, how do mentors gain their expertise? Second, what support do they need to promote their continued development? The context of this study was a teacher training academy. Data were collected from eight mentor teachers in three ways--through individual interviews, focus group interviews, and participant observation. Results indicate that mentors conceptualized their work into two distinct roles: teaching and mentoring. Recommendations are provided for developing and supporting mentors' practice.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2009
This article presents a study in which teachers describe the working situation at their school. The goal of the study was to find out in what respects the school needed to be developed. This was a case study and the method for collecting data was focus group dialogues.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2009
This qualitative study investigated P-12 school administrators' perceptions of teacher education candidates' online digital portfolios for hiring purposes. Over the course of three semesters, focus group interviews and an online questionnaire gauged administrators' perceptions of selected candidates' portfolios and how they might be used to help select teachers to hire.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2008