Search results for: Decision making
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This article focused on the processes that teachers use to find a job and how they came to work in particular schools. Participants were individuals currently completing teacher education programs and looking for their first teaching job. The author concludes that teacher applicants’ practical understanding of the job search was informed by their social and cultural background and emphasized characteristics such as familiarity when making career decisions.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2010
This article explores the educational decision-making process of one Mexican American family. The author takes a phenomenological approach to examine human agency in specific familial decisions about this child’s schooling that supports the parents’ own vision of education. This is a narrative inquiry based on interviews and observations that took place with one family and one focal child through the course of a calendar year. The author concludes that immigrant and other urban parents may be actively engaged in their children’s education, asking important and valid curriculum questions in ways that remain invisible to educators. The author suggests alternatives to deficit theories that render parents’ perspectives invisible.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2010
Schools face a lot of data on the functioning of their school which they can use to make improvements in teaching, learning and the organization. This explorative study in the Netherlands shows that teachers mainly use classroom level data for making instructional decisions at classroom level, and school leaders mainly use school level data for policy development decisions. The article concludes with suggestions with regard to enhancing the effectiveness of data-driven decision making.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2010
Teachers’ Collaborative Conversations About Culture: Negotiating Decision Making in Intercultural Teaching
In this article, the authors present a study that investigated intercultural teaching through teachers’ collaborative conversations about critical intercultural incidents in schools. The research was conducted in Canada. The data were generated through Web-CT and face-to-face dialogues between preservice, inservice, and university teachers. Findings focus on teachers’ intercultural decision making and were organized into two subgroups: (a) decisions that tend to involve reflecting (minding) and (b) decisions that involve responding processes.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2010
Tools for Data-Driven Decision Making in Teacher Education: Designing a Portal to Conduct Field Observation Inquiry
Knowledge management (KM) and data-driven decision making (DDDM) are terms that are used with more frequency in teacher education. This article presents an application that provides an example of how data systems applied to existing practices can be used to support knowledge creation and DDDM in colleges of education.
Updated: May. 07, 2009
This study investigates the internal structure, social meaning and potential resources for learning and development inherent in the planning and coordination of work in Interdisciplinary Teacher Teams (ITT) meetings. The focus of this study is on what teachers say in teams. Team-talk in two ITTs in two different lower secondary schools in Norway has been videotaped and analyzed. The study illustrates patterns in team-talk and conceptualizes the processes of decision-making that take place in these ITTs. It also identifies resources for learning and development inherent in certain forms of interaction.
Updated: Apr. 27, 2009
This paper examines whether two recent national reports, A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education and Tough Choices or Tough Times clarify or further confound teacher education policy directions. It concludes with the caution that both reports continue the instrumental definition of teacher education.
Updated: Feb. 16, 2009
Preparing Preservice Teachers to Make Instructional Decisions: An Examination of Data from the Teacher Work Sample
The purpose of this American study was to examine student teachers’ ability to make instructional decisions as they engaged in teaching. The authors examined the narrative accounts provided by 150 student teachers within their teacher work samples (TWSs). Results indicated that most student teachers were able to implement some aspects of instructional decision making, such as noting a specific difficulty with student learning and making an on-the-spot adjustment in their instruction.
Updated: Jan. 21, 2009
This article discusses a project focused on children researching their role in decision making in their classrooms and schools, with a view to increasing their involvement. The article explores the constraints encountered by both children and teachers in sharing decisions and in carrying out action research. It identifies two dimensions: the teachers' thinking and action, as well as children's research and decision making. The teachers struggled with their need to mediate the project aims in the context of the changing nature of their professional role in the current target-driven school culture.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2008
ETIPS: Using Cases with Virtual Schools to Prepare for, Extend, and Deepen Preservice Teachers’ Field Experiences
This paper presents one tool that has been used successfully to improve preservice teachers’ instructional decision-making knowledge about technology integration, with the unintended outcome of readying them for field experiences in general.
Updated: Jul. 10, 2008