Search results for: Decision making
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This qualitative action research project examined preservice teachers’ conceptions of teacher leadership. Through an analysis of preservice teachers’ writings in a graduate-level teacher leadership course, students’ beliefs about the power of teacher leaders emerged. Findings revealed that novice teachers most often identified the scope of leadership as focused in classrooms and schools, while identifying curriculum and instructional decision-making and peer collaboration as the key actions taken by teacher leaders. Barriers to teacher leadership were most often described as administrators and policymakers. Regardless of the scope of influence or actions taken by teacher leaders, the primary purpose of teacher leadership overwhelming reflected a desire to address socioeconomic inequalities through educational change.
Updated: Mar. 08, 2022
Examining how early childhood preservice teacher funds of knowledge shapes pedagogical decision making
Preservice teachers (PSTs) must learn to approach curriculum and pedagogy in a socially just way. Descriptive examination of early childhood PSTs’ personal funds of knowledge is crucial to inform preparation programs. Drawing on a study that investigated subjectivities of and conceptualization of culture held by PSTs in rural Midwest (USA), this paper specifically focuses on teaching in the early years. The author argues that PSTs personal funds of knowledge serve as a main catalyst for pedagogical decision making. Majority of PSTs express the need to examine hegemony, privilege, and bias yet struggle to be pedagogical agents of change in practice.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2022
This study examines the role of race in teacher hiring process. The findings reveal that the Hispanic and Asian teachers were hired proportionally to the rate at which they applied. This finding suggests that the low numbers for these groups may indeed reflect a supply problem. The findings show that while Black candidates submitted 13 percent of applications, a proportion greater than the percentage of Black students in the district, their chances of getting hired were low.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2018
Focused Career Choices: How Teacher Educators Can Assist Students with Purposeful Career Decision-Making throughout a Teacher Education Program
In this paper, the authors illuminate aspects of career choice and conflict for teacher education students seeking initial Licensure. They also address foundational knowledge on career decision-making. The authors review studies to understand why people decide to pursue a career in teaching, despite the high turnover in this profession. The authors conclude that the literature reviewed indicates that direct career decision-making is either not being frequently conducted within teacher education programs or it is not seen as an important aspect of research. This paper argues that a teacher education program should be such an inviting and trustworthy place, where students can engage in quiet or in conversation to ensure that they are pursuing the career that is right for them.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2018
How Can Schools of Education Help to Build Educators’ Capacity to Use Data? A Systemic View of the Issue
The objective of this article is to understand what schools of education are doing to prepare teachers to use data in their practice. The study examined the extent to which schools of education teach stand-alone courses on data-driven decision making or integrate data use concepts into existing courses. It also examined state licensure and certification requirements to determine if and how data use is included in documentation. The analyses yield several key findings. First, schools of education report that they are teaching stand-alone courses on data-driven decision making. The syllabus analyses provide a deeper examination into what actually is being taught in a subset of the courses. The licensure analyses provide a perspective on how education may view data literacy.
Updated: Mar. 13, 2017
The purpose of this study was to understand the ways in which undergraduates grew and developed through participation in a holistic peer-mentoring experience. Twenty-two patterns of protégé growth emerged from the analysis of the data, which were organized conceptually into six overarching, emergent themes of protégé development: academic skills and knowledge, career decision-making, connectedness to others, maturity, physical wellbeing, and aspiration. The authors argue that the very high rates of protégé growth within the themes of academics, social connectedness, and maturity raise the possibility that growth in these thematic dimensions may be synergistic and mutually reinforcing.
Updated: Nov. 07, 2016
The purpose of this article is to look for clarity about what reflection is, what it is not, and how it works, by closely revisiting the seminal works of Dewey, Schön, and Wertheimer. It is argued that reflection is a descriptive notion—not a prescriptive one—and that it refers to the thinking process engaged in giving coherence to an initially unclear situation.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
This article aims to describe a conceptual model, including specific skills and processes of data-based decision making, to address accountability demands for continuous improvement based upon student learning results across multiple contexts. Considerations for implementation by teacher educators will be shared to build a comprehensive system of sustained school reform.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2016
This study examined the inquiry processes of two research groups in teacher education with the aim of answering the following research question: To what extend and in what way do student teachers, in the context of a research project, engage in elaboration and decision making during the research process? The results of both of these research groups exemplify how both decision making and elaboration are necessary elements to reach the full potential of a collaborative research project. The authors have shown that a research activity in which student teachers are supposed to collaborate is challenging and requires hard work. Alongside everything else that student teachers have to do for both the institute and at school, they experience much time pressure.
Updated: Aug. 04, 2015
This article describes a study which examined the structuring of university–community research partnerships that facilitate theoretically grounded research while also generating findings that community partners find actionable. Through their focus on the evolution of this university–community collaboration, they show how researchers established their commitment to a mutually beneficial exchange. They also show how data-driven action emerged when community agencies assumed ownership and prioritized action throughout the research process.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015