Search results for: Concept formation
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The purpose of this study was to examine prospective elementary teachers’ conceptions and values about the learn-from-teaching (LFT) skills and model hold about these skills. The authors argue that PTs had a high level of procedural knowledge. However, their conceptions were not always productive in terms of promoting systematic lifelong learning. In The authors try to explain why PTs may have held these conceptions by suggesting three conjectures.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between mentors’ mentoring conceptions and their mentoring motives. The findings showed that a motivation to mentor for personal learning was more strongly associated with a developmental conception of mentored learning to teach than with an instrumental mentoring conception. The same was found for a motivation to mentor for contributing to the profession, but less pronounced.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2017
Developing Prospective Teachers’ Conceptions with Well-Designed Tasks: Explaining Successes and Analyzing Conceptual Difficulties
The purpose of this study was to explore how prospective teachers’ (PTs’) conceptions of various mathematical topics develop.Consistent with prior findings, this study showed that PTs entered with limited conceptions. This study showed further that (a) well-designed tasks (addressing the PTs’ incoming conceptions as well as focusing on the desired conceptions) can help PTs develop content knowledge, (b) conceptual difficulties may persist even with well-designed tasks, and (c) artifacts of children’s mathematical thinking can be used to develop mathematical content knowledge.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2017
The notion of the continuum is applied to special education in diverse contexts across many nations. This article explores its conceptual underpinnings, drawing on a systematic search of the literature to review recurring ideas associated with the notion and to explicate both its uses and shortcomings.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2016
Postgraduate Student Teachers’ Developing Conceptions of the Place of Theory in Learning to Teach: ‘More Important to Me Now Than When I Started’
This article reports on the developing conceptions held by a group of postgraduate student teachers about the relationship of theory to classroom practice in learning to teach. The authors capture participants’ preconceptions about theory before beginning training and subsequent developments through the course and into the first teaching post. The students saw theoretical knowledge as preparation for the classroom and something to be applied in practice. As newly qualified teachers, the participants not only see theory as integral to their practice, but recognise the important, largely unanticipated, role of the university in this process.
Updated: May. 30, 2016
Preservice Elementary Science Teachers’ Connections among Aspects of NOS: Toward a Consistent, Overarching Framework
This research examined the connections elementary preservice science teachers made among various aspects of nature of science (NOS). Data analysis focused on preservice teachers’ ability to connect their understandings of the various aspects of NOS to one another. 43 of preservice teachers made connections among NOS aspects and generally, these connections were emphasized at the end of the semester following the intervention.
Updated: Dec. 27, 2015
This study investigated how to educate student teachers to develop a focus on student learning during teacher education. The designed learning environment characterized by the use of authentic contexts, authentic tasks and reflective dialogues. The study indicates that it is possible to change student teachers’ conceptions in a relative short period of time, even though there were substantial differences between student teachers. More specifically, six student teachers developed more constructivist and less transmissive conceptions as a result of the designed learning environment. The other four student teachers showed the same change in the drawings, and also developed more or maintained constructivist conceptions as shown in the metaphors, but maintained or showed less constructivist conceptions in the questionnaires.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2015
Struggling for a Professional Identity: Two Newly Qualified Language Teachers’ Identity Narratives during the First Years at Work
The purpose of this article was to examine how two newly qualified teachers constructed their identity. The findings reveal that the participants’ stories display two different experience narratives: a painful and an easy beginning. Despite the same teacher education programme and the same kind of working environment, these cases represented two clearly different ways of experiencing the induction phase. This study supports the idea of a violent impact that the induction period can have on teachers’ self-understanding. Understanding teachers’ induction from the perspective of a possible identity crisis can open up ways of supporting newly qualified teachers in their professional development, both during their teacher studies and during the induction phase.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2014
This study examined the perspectives of preK-12 teachers from five nations. These teachers share their attitudes regarding the concepts of culture and citizenship and the intersections of those concepts. The authors gathered data on the perspectives expressed in online discussions among 125 in-service teachers enrolled in master's degree programs in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and the United States.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2012
Experienced Teachers’ Strategies for Assessing Nature of Science Conceptions in the Elementary Classroom
The current study investigated the nature of science (NOS) assessments K-4 classroom teachers developed for measuring students’ understandings of NOS elements. The authors collected copies of teachers’ action research designs, lesson plans, and assessment tools, conducted classroom observations and made field notes of their science instruction and assessments. The authors found that experienced teachers designed a variety of strategies for assessing NOS conceptions that differed by grade level.
Updated: May. 13, 2011